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TIMMINS POLICE ISSUE REMINDER TO PARENTS TO BE MINDFUL OF CHILD PROTECTION PRACTICES TO ENHANCE CHILD SAFETY

With the warmer weather taking hold and the days growing a little longer, the Timmins Police Service is issuing a public reminder for children and

parents to be mindful of certain practices that will enhance the safety of area children.

The following link offers child safety related information that merits attention for all parents of young children.

https://missingkids.ca/pdfs/MK_SafetyHabitstoKeepKidsSafe_en.pdf

Of particular attention is the following messaging from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection:

“Stranger danger’ has traditionally been used in personal safety education for children, but over the years this strategy has become outdated and we have learned that it is ineffective in reducing a child’s risk of abduction and victimization.

Here’s why:

1. The concept of a ‘stranger’ is difficult for children to understand.

2. In certain situations children may need to approach someone they don’t know (i.e., a ‘stranger’) for help.

3. Children are more likely to be abducted by someone they know or have come in contact with (i.e., not a ‘stranger’).

Rather than focusing on stranger danger, it is far more effective to teach children not to go anywhere with anyone without first getting permission from their parent/guardian.

This reinforces to children that the duty of supervision lies with parents/guardians, as opposed to leaving it up to them to assess motives of individuals.