Editorial

Strict Supervision Of Children Is Very Crucial For Their Safety 24 Hours A Day

Parents have a moral and legal responsibility to supervise their children. Their diligence will determine the level of safety their children get.
09 Sep 2020 16:20
Strict Supervision Of Children Is Very Crucial For Their Safety 24 Hours A Day
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The latest tragic deaths of three children in separate incidents are heart wrenching and our sympathies go to the grieving parents and families.

This is a difficult time for the respective families coming to grips with pain and agony of losing loved ones. The loss of a child is the worst nightmare for any parents and we would not wish it on anyone.

But accidents do occur and they are an integral part of our lives. They can also be life-changing moments where some of the greatest lessons of this mortality are learned.

Many can be avoided but in others we are lost for words as we search for answers.

Two young brothers went swimming in Nasilai and did not return home alive. As investigations continue and we are not privy to the background details, some basic questions need to be asked. Who was with them and were they under adult supervision.

As is the case in many of these drowning incidents we tend to assume that victims can look after themselves because they live in the area, they know it well and they can swim. But how many times have we seen similar tragedies.

In any activity involving underage children adult supervision is essential to help prevent accidents and tragedies.

In Ba a five-year-old girl, walking with her mother, died after she suddenly crossed the road and was hit by a moving vehicle. Now this was a freak accident and it was not the first of its kind on our roads.

As we discuss this case there will be several ifs as we search for the probable causes, answers and how to prevent future accidents.

The bottom line is that there is no room for error, carelessness, and complacency in a manual on how keep our children safe.

The distraught girl’s mother will probably regard this event as her worst experience. No mother wants to be in her shoes. It’s a lesson for all parents.

We cannot simply take our eyes off our children because by their very nature they can display unpredictable behaviour. They can do things without thinking whether they are safe or not.

Parents have a moral and legal responsibility to supervise their children. Their diligence will determine the level of safety their children get.

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