by Simond Lars Darwin Lenon
During the seminar to raise awareness on physiological and psychological abuses against children, Lt. Col. Mohammed Salem Al Muhairi encouraged the students to report to the school heads if actions inflicting harm were observed in the school.
If unlikely incidents were also observed in the community, the official advised to cooperate with the Dubai Police through the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) contact numbers.
The Guidance office and the Special Education Needs (SEN) department of TPS worked with the Dubai Police to discuss matters of anti-bullying, prohibited substances, and juvenile crimes. The students of Grade 5 to 10 served as audience of the seminar, which was held at the multi-purpose Hall of the Philippine School on January 31, 2016.
Al Muhairi added, “Open your eyes and open your mind. Don’t out take any solution by yourself. This is not your job. This is the job of the police. Just report. There is a staff who will follow up.”
Professor Hind Al Rostamani supplemented that children need to be protected, and they need to be provided with a nice environment to live in. She also mentioned that children do not only need protection in school, and outside, but also in their own homes.
“Communication with parents is important. Children sometimes feel unappreciated and communication with parents can help,” she added. She claimed that parents need to assure their children by guiding and listening to them, and at the same time respecting their privacy.
Lt. Col. Mohammed Salem Al Muhairi mentioned, “ While crimes are developing, the police are also developing.” He said that every year, the organization develops new equipment to counter crimes.
The internet, according to Professor Hind Al Rostamani, is a vulnerable place for children due to their openness to cyber-bullying, catfishes, and malicious sites. The guest speaker also stated that the internet can expose you to converse with people you don’t know who can be potentially dangerous. They also discussed that online video games, and similar soft wares while stating that prolonged exposure to the screen could bring anxiety and stress. “The internet is a useful tool, but could be dangerous too. Use it without abuse,” Al Rostamani concluded.
THREAT FROM STRANGERS
Mrs. Abeer Mohammed Al Halabi facilitated a quiz and interrogated, “ How would you resist the stranger when threatened ?” Grade 8 Eryn V. Mateo enumerated , “ Walk fast. Scream- out help . Walk-away.”
Al Halabi detailed: “Trust your instincts or feelings ; Say no to unwanted touching ; Say no to adults’ inappropriate requests ; Refuse gifts in exchange of physical requests (touching body) ; Run , scream, and make a scene; Physically fight unwanted advances; and Ask for help.”
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