| The good, the busy – and the bored
There’s a lot to be said for keeping children busy – whether they’re toddlers, tweens or teens.
|When in doubt ask for help!
Technology enables us to communicate with people in different countries within seconds ... yet asking for help with a problem closer to home remains a stumbling block for many people.
In this age of information, the saying, ‘When in doubt, leave out’ should rather advise, ‘When in doubt, ask!’
Whether you’re a relative who’s concerned about a child –or a stressed teacher or parent – there are support centres, helplines and experts in the child-care field who offer advice at no charge.
Call on them to get help for your child – and yourself – today.
Do you know where your child is?
The chilling facts about drugs, especially ‘tik’ – also called ‘speed’,‘ice’, ‘tjoef’, ‘crank’, ‘crystal straw’ – should be enough to convince anyone that this is a severe problem.
Four years ago, just 0.7% of patients seeking drug treatment in Cape Town were tik users. Figures soared to 46% in the first half of 2006.
‘Nowhere else in the world has there been such a massive increase in the use of a drug over such a short period of time,’ said the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre’s director, Grant Jardine.
What is it?
Protection orders The Western Cape is hardest-hit by tik. Die Burger reported that an increasing number of parents were applying for protection orders against their addicted teenagers – mainly due to the violence associated with the drug.
Long-term abuse also leads to skin eruptions, violent behaviour, lung and heart problems, weight loss – and< psychosis such as paranoia and delusions.
The risk of contracting HIV increases, too, since use of the drug often goes hand-in-hand with sexually risky behaviour.
Girls & Boys Town’s policy
Every child admitted to the the organisation is taken through the first level of its Chemical Dependency Programme – regardless of whether drugs have been used before – after which each child’s individual needs are addressed.
Tips for Parents
|Prevent bites and tragedy
Considering that pets are part of many families’ lives – and that there are stray animals in most communities – children must be taught rules of safety around dogs. And the
Little children are often at the same height as the family pet – which is why many bites are to the face.
If your child’s bitten by a stray dog, wash the wound with soap or disinfectant and seek medical help immediately.
It takes two to 10 weeks or more for people to show signs of the disease after being bitten by a rabid animal. By then, it’s too late for treatment.
If you have a new pup
Safety belts do save lives
How often have you cringed at the sight of a child sitting on an adult’s lap in the front of a car ... or seen a child standing between a car’s two front seats? And what about children on the back of bakkies?
All of these common practices on our roads can – and do – lead to serious injury, disability and death in the event of an accident.
Legally, we’re all required to wear safety belts – and it’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure that children are safely buckled up, too.
Specially adapted car seats are available for babies and
Adults should set a good example by wearing seatbelts
Lives may count on it.