Encourage your child to raise alarm in case anyone touches or says things that are inappropriate to her.
HOW TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY ON THE SCHOOL BUS
By Lisabelle Gonsalves, Team iDiva
According to a TOI report today, bus perverts have become an everyday horror. With the increasing number of molestation and even rape cases on city school buses, parents and school authorities are worried about the safety of children. While the RTO is tightening the rules to ensure more reliable school bus services and efforts are being made to speed up convictions of perpetrators, there are a few things you as parents can do to ensure the safety of your children on the school bus. Here are a few tips.
1) Ensure that the school bus has a contract with the school and has more than one lady attendant on the bus.
2) If your child is an introvert, she may like to sit alone by the bus window or at the back of the bus. This makes her an easy target. Encourage your child to sit with other children while travelling on the bus. Even having just a couple of companions is safer than being alone.
3) Do not allow your child to spend any time alone on the bus as far as possible. If your child gets off at the last stop, make sure you are at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus arrives. If that’s not possible, ensure that a reliable adult is there to pick your child up.
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4) Help your child memorise your telephone/ mobile/ office number as well as your address in case of an emergency. While it may be difficult for him to contact you from the bus anyway, it is still a good thing to assure him that he can reach you at any time. You can write them on a card and keep it in his school bag.
5) Ask your child about her day. Get into the details too. From the ride to school to play time and the students and teacher in her class to the driver and attendant on the bus, ask about everything. Encourage her talk about how she feels, things that disturb her et al. Children are able to sense danger many a time and hence, you will have a heads up against any untoward advances or incidents on the bus.
6) Explain to your child about good touch and bad touch. Also her know that she shouldn’t let anyone touch her in appropriate places. Sex education as early as possible can help reduce cases of molestation and rape that are increasingly rising these days.
7) Encourage your child to raise alarm in case anyone touches or says things that are inappropriate to her. Often children are afraid to say or do anything when there is an adult involved. That’s why explaining to your child that adults aren’t always right is in fact a good thing.
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