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Parents urged not to write their children’s names on their belongings for their safety

VAAL TRIANGLE - The South African Police Service (SAPS) says parents should refrain from writing their child’s name on his/ her personal belongings, such as a backpack, where it is visible for everyone to see. This warning to parents come as children return to school to start the new school year. The SAPS said on its Facebook page that adults who prey on children have tricks to gain a child’s trust and one of these tricks is calling a child by their name. The police service said it is often difficult for children to separate strangers from acquaintances, and even good guys from the bad guys. It said if an adult comes up to them and says their name, it may make the child think the person must be someone they know or their parent knows. This makes the child think it is okay to talk to this adult. The SAPS advised that a much better idea for parents is to write their phone number on their children’s belongings instead — this will prove helpful if anything gets lost or stolen.

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