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Don't take chances with kids

By unknown | Mar 04, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tsale Makam

Trust no one.

Most people will remember how as small children we ran around naked in the house. Old women would jokingly say Woz' ugog' abheme (Come let granny smoke).

We would giggle as the grannies pretended to take a pinch of snuff from our privates, sniff and sneeze out loud.

These days people have to chastise their two-year-old girls to sit like ladies. By age four, giving them a bath is a battle as they chide conspiratorially: "You touched my privates."

This is thanks to all the perverts and paedophiles whose twisted minds see children as sexual beings. The media is littered with stories about close relatives and friends raping or sexually molesting children. And children raping children.

So excuse us for being mother hens. We are not taking any chances. Hide and seek in obscure places and after dark is no longer to be. If visiting a new family was a huge decision before, it's now a life-and-death one. Are there boys in that family and how old? You want as much info about the family as possible.

Friend or foe, relative or not, parents have to be extra vigilant. We have to burden our children at an early age with information about sexual molestation and rape.

But worse, it's hard to explain why you are lumping relatives with people who should not touch her in certain ways.

Tlhaki Mashego, a social worker, says it's better to give children a blanket rule. If you tell your child not to open the door to male persons, do not say, except for uncle Tshepo. Children are easily duped and manipulated. They will not be able to distinguish, should an uncle be the one doing something wrong to them.

We cannot be with our children 24/7. But we cannot stop fighting for them and protecting them.


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