Recently, newspapers have reported numerous cases of kidnapping. This is quite alarming. If you go into the details of this news you would find out that most kids were kidnapped at the grocery stores. This has caused a panic among the parents. They feel that their children are not safe anymore. This is quite obvious from the past two months; we have been listening to cases where a number of children have been kidnapped or disappeared. It is not that only a few locations are insecure, cases show that kidnapping occurred at different locations in Saudi Arabia, however the most common being the grocery stores.[irp]
As the cases of kidnapping have immensely rose, we thought of providing you with some safety measures. These measures are an advice coming from the experts. So the experts have jotted down four reasons why the kids are being kidnapped and how parents can prevent their child from being kidnapped.
Weak Social Ties: We say that the world is a global village; we are in-contact with the people around the world but unfortunately not with the ones who are near us. We have developed societies where people do not know about their neighbors. The weak social ties have let others take benefit of it. Any outsider can come into the society and people won’t even notice. A psychologist at family issues, Dr. Hani Al-Ghamdi, says that weak social ties have weakened the security levels. Parents need to check their children themselves and they cannot rely on the neighbors for it.
Training to Children: You must keep an eye on your child if he is playing in the neighborhood; also you need to tell them not to trust any stranger. Your child shall be told repeatedly not to go with any stranger or to talk with anyone. If a child feels that a person is keeping an eye on him or is being friendly, he shall report to parents. Parents need to tell all these important measures to their children.
Irresponsible Parents: Al-Ghamdi stressed that parents have become quite irresponsible. They let their children fetch a grocery item from a nearby grocery store all alone. This is very unsafe for the child. Also if you are at the store, make sure that you have an eye on your child. Not let anyone take advantage of your neglect.
Running Away from their Home: Also, parents shall understand that there is a difference between kidnapping of a child and running away from the child. Many children tend to escape from their houses because of various reasons. You can prevent a child escape as there are signs that child is planning an escape.[irp]
Hawazin Al-Zahrani, who is an educational consultant and holds specialization in children's rights, warned parents to keep an eye on their children as the kidnapping of our young ones is a serious case. Children can be kidnapped for various purposes like sexual abuse, human trafficking, and even terrorist activities. Parents, your children are your biggest responsibility. The state is trying its best to prevent such cases, but you are ought to be careful and responsible!
Source: Saudi Gazette