Opinion: Teaching your kids stranger danger is safer
THE look in the eyes of Bruce and Denise Morcombe as they talk about their son Daniel tells it all.
Yet they tirelessly travel around the country talking to schoolchildren about stranger danger so another child doesn't end up like their own.
Terribly, there were reports of an attempted child abduction in Rockhampton the very day the Morcombes were in town visiting a number of our schools in the region.
Yes, it can happen. And it does happen, everywhere.
There are plenty of ways our schools are trying to keep our kids safe, through visits such as the ones by the Morcombes.
The Daniel Morcombe curriculum is also taught in some schools.
The aim of this program is to teach students to recognise, to react and to report when they are unsafe or find themselves in situations that can have a significant detrimental effect on their physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing.
Parents need to also take the time to teach their kids too, and reinforce the lessons they have already learnt.
Jakki King is one parent taking the right steps by talking to her children about using a code word when it comes to strangers.
It is a simple idea we can all use, and it shouldn't matter how old your kids are.
They can be in danger from strangers at any age, but there is also danger with people they know.
It could very well be someone they are very familiar with who can inflict mental as well as physical harm.
Take the time out to talk to your kids about stranger and not a stranger danger.