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Police Urge Parents to Safeguard Children During School Breaks

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Police urges parents to avoid physical punishment and engage in open communication to address behavioural issues during school holidays, emphasizing the risks of corporal punishment.

In an effort to address the increasing incidence of juvenile delinquency during school holidays, the Police have issued a firm caution to parents, advocating for the use of positive disciplinary methods rather than resorting to physical punishment.

Deputy Police Spokesperson Clare Nabakka emphasized the necessity for parents to engage in constructive one-on-one discussions with their children upon their return home for the end-of-term holidays.

During a security briefing on Monday, April 29, 2024, held at the Police headquarters in Naguru, Kampala, Nabakka underscored the significance of fostering transparent communication with children to identify and address behavioral issues positively.

She advised against the application of corporal punishment, citing instances where such measures have tragically resulted in severe injury or even fatalities.

The Police express particular concern regarding the susceptibility of children during the holiday period, as evidenced by an increase in reported cases involving juvenile offenders.

Nabakka urged parents to maintain vigilance and proactively guide their children away from potentially harmful influences, such as involvement in criminal activities.

This cautionary directive is issued amidst a surge in holiday-related crimes involving children, prompting law enforcement to closely collaborate with parents and communities to ensure the safety and well-being of all children during the school break, as stated by Nabakka.


Open Communication: Foster an environment where children feel comfortable discussing any concerns or experiences, nurturing a trusting relationship that encourages them to confide in you about potential risks.

Safety Education: Educate children about personal safety measures, including recognizing and responding to risky situations, setting appropriate boundaries, and understanding stranger danger.

Supervision: Maintain vigilant supervision of children, particularly in public spaces or online, to mitigate the risk of abduction or exploitation.

Establish Boundaries: Set clear rules and boundaries for children regarding their interactions with others, both offline and online, and enforce consequences for non-compliance.

Assertiveness Training: Empower children with assertiveness skills to assert their boundaries and refuse participation in uncomfortable or hazardous situations.

Online Monitoring: Regularly monitor children’s online activities and educate them about internet safety, including the dangers of sharing personal information and interacting with strangers.

Community Awareness: Stay informed about potential threats in the community and educate children about safety protocols, such as emergency procedures and seeking help from trusted adults.

Promote Self-Confidence: Foster children’s self-esteem and confidence, as confident individuals are less susceptible to manipulation or abuse.

Encourage Reporting: Stress the importance of reporting any suspicious or inappropriate behavior to a trusted adult, ensuring children feel supported and empowered to speak out.

Lead by Example: Serve as a positive role model by demonstrating respectful and compassionate behavior towards others, reinforcing values of empathy, kindness, and integrity.

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