IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE!
In one of my previous post I mentioned about keeping an ongoing communication open with the children in your life. The reason for my talking about “children in your life” is that I wish to address all adults who are stakeholders in the issue of well-being of a child – you could be a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, or a mere neighbor. Because it takes a community to keep our children safe! More about this later.
Now, when you are talking or listening to a child, you need to be aware of certain key points that matter.
First of all with regard to child abuse or child sexual abuse or even beginning of a potentially dangerous contact with a perpetrator the strange fact that haunts us is that the child DOES NOT REPORT the incident to the concerned adult. If at all the children talk among themselves it never reaches adult ears.
Now why do you think this happens?
It is because the child is an evolving person with limited abilities and understandings.
In our entire lives the only task we undertake with zero knowledge, zero experience and zero exposure is that of being a parent. This does not mean that we do not LOVE our children. But LOVE is such an over-estimated but under-understood emotion and a state of being.
Loving someone does not prevent that person from having a sudden illness.
Loving someone does not save that person from being robbed, attacked or murdered.
Loving the world around us does not protect it from its predators who rob it of its natural resources.
Love as an emotion alone accomplishes fairly nothing much. But love as a commitment, love as an action on the other hand fairly makes the world go round!
When you love yourself you take care of yourself – you do not drink, smoke or abuse your body in any way. You do not abuse your mind by polluting it with all negative, unproductive thoughts. You do not abuse your heart or emotions by harboring hate, dislike, vengeance or anger.
When you love your children you actively take care of them – their bodies, minds and spirits.
And children need not mean only your biological children but ALL children, simply because they are the future of our world.
So any adult should actively care for the children around them. Because it takes a community to keep children safe.
More on how to do this later, or better still, why don’t you readers add your comments on this?
Links to refer – just two for now, there are dozens!: