Charlotte Marshall Templeman
Save Our Children
Lately in the news there has been an influx of murders and crimes against children. Whether it is national news or local news we have been hearing about the lives of our children being lost. No one knows why a person feels the need to hurt a child but as parents we have to try and protect our children as much as we can. Although there have been cases recently where the perpetrator of the crime against the child was done by the parent, most parents care for and love their child. It is important that we make our children aware of the dangers that lurk within our communities. They have to be aware and ready if faced with a situation that can be harmful to them. Having a plan and talking to your child could mean their life being saved.
The world is filled with many dangers waiting to be leashed on our children. Recently in the news in the Philadelphia area we learned of a 12 year old girl who was murdered by two teenage boys. She was riding a bike to a friend’s home when she was lured into their house. Their way of gaining her trust was knowing she had a love for bikes. Unbeknownst to her their intentions were bad and it led to her death. Although the murderers were teenagers and the victim more than likely did not feel any threat from them, we have to educate our children to be cautious of everyone. Unfortunately we live in a world where bad things are done by teenagers and adults and to protect our children’s safety they have to be aware.
Being safe from the dangers of the outside world is just one facet of trying to keep our children safe. Parents have to also be careful of the people they allow in their home around their children. So often children are hurt by people they know and trust. If a parent is a single parent they have to be as close to one hundred percent of knowing who they are dating before they allow them around their child. Too often we hear of cases where a child was molested, physically abused or even murdered by the partner of their mother or father. The safety and well – being of our children comes before any relationship that we may want to be in. It is imperative that we make our children our priority.
We know as parents we have no control over the world and what happens in it. However, by talking to our children and informing them of the world and its dangers makes us all prepared in the event they are faced with danger. There are no longer the days when we told our children not to talk to strangers. We have to also tell them to be aware of their surroundings when walking home from school or going out with friends. They have to be told not to enter someone’s house alone, preferably without adult supervision. In conjunction they have to be told if something does not feel right then it is not right. We have to tell our children to trust their instinct. Most importantly we as parents have to listen to our children. If they tell us something that happened at school, at church, at the recreation center or even at home, we have to listen. No one knows your child better than you so listening to them can mean the difference between keeping them safe or putting them in harm’s way. Too many of our children are dying. We have to save them and keep them as safe as possible. Educating them about the dangers that we all face is the beginning of keeping them safe.