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CHILD PROTECTION | Some Key Areas of Focus and Management

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him” – Psalm 127:3 NLT. The world has witnessed some gruesome and fatal atrocitie...

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him” – Psalm 127:3 NLT.

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The world has witnessed some gruesome and fatal atrocities being perpetrated on children over the year. While some acts were undetectable due to the sophistications involved, others were parenting errors which came at a huge cost to the families involved.

The world is full of paedophiles, serial killers, serial rapists, Satanists, molesters and other dangerous criminals. As a parent or guardian, you carry a primary obligation of safeguarding your children. Below are some of the key areas of focus that you may need to look at.

1. Do not buy anyone’s child a gift without the knowledge of their parents. If you happen to do so, please explain to the parents and the child why you are gifting them. Times are changing, so is the society and its intricate values.

2. As a parent, if you see something you did not buy, do not just assume and keep quiet. Ask the origins and source. Be sure of the purpose of that gift, lest you may risk the life of your child and ultimately the whole family.

3. Do not allow your child to go for sleepovers simply because it is their best friend, classmate or whatever. You may never know even the other parents’ moral standing or values. Allowing your child sleepovers may reward you with tears at the end of the day.

4. Do not undress in front of your children no matter their gender or age. It is a taboo. You just may never know their perceptions and deductions from your behaviour and conduct.

5. Not every uncle is an uncle. Some are demons from hell. Demarcate boundaries with your little girls and boys, and explain to them why they cannot sit on “uncles” laps or receive a kiss from them. Guard them jealously always.

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6. If practical, avoid your children sleeping with “relatives” who come to visit you. A number of children have fallen victim, being molested by their own relatives who look “holy” in the presence of masses but predatory behind the scenes. When abused, usually children are threatened with fear, thus ending up keeping quiet. You many never know of such abuses.

7. Always monitor what your children are doing with their gadgets. Some have fallen victim to Satanism, drug trafficking, child molestation, child pregnancies and other vices of the world. Be in the picture of whatever they are exposed to.

8. If a child is not yours, and you do not have consent from their parents, please do not post their images online. It is both disrespectful and dangerous.

9. If your child tells you something, do not quickly brush them off and tell him/her “Unonyepa (you are lying)”. You are simply denying that child access to your trust. He or she might never listen to you again or tell you anything in the future.

10. If you can, raise your children by yourself. Do not delegate this duty to grandparents or any other relatives. Doing it yourself has many positives in the lives of your children.

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May God help us raise our children well.

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