CHILDREN SHOULD be consistently discouraged from talking to strangers and should always be accompanied by responsible adults even to places like bus stops.
This was senior IPS officer Yashowardhan Azad’s advice at a workshop on safety of children. The workshop was organised by the Billabong High International School on Friday. The Chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Madhya Pradesh spoke at length on transforming the face of today’s world and the need for increased awareness on the part of parents, teachers and children themselves towards safety.
IPS officer Azad also warned children against divulging extra information to people not known to them. The talk was followed by an interactive session in which students raised some very introspective questions.
A student asked whether it would not be impertinent not to reply to an adult’s questions. Another wondered why children themselves would not be more careful when they are reading about such evil incidents (like Nithari) almost every day.
One student expressed how helpless children feel when adults they trust turn out to be perpetrators of horrifying acts against them.
Azad also highlighted the need for the school to contact and collaborate with the local nodal officer responsible for security.