Children are our future and they indeed live what they learn. Therefore if deteriorating family, poverty, abuse and neglect is present in Jamaican homes, then certainly children will react negatively to this way of life. Also children are explorers and they always want to go on adventures asking questions to find out new things. Hence the issue of missing children will remain with us for a long time to come. The wellbeing and welfare of our children are for us as adult to ensure, but we take our children for granted leaving then to fend for themselves. Adults must take a stand and a step in making the safety and protection of our Jamaican children our first priority. Children needs family support, they need to know they have a family backbone, someone they can count on. As stated earlier children are explorers and do not know their own danger. According to Marcia McCausland-Wilson, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), “parents should advise their children not to neglect basic safety procedures such as giving their child a curfew when they should be home, let the child call if he or she was going to be late and also for younger children let them walk with the names and addresses of the parents”. A lot of times, many of our children go missing, and if we had insisted that they take these safety precautions and do not speak to strangers, many of these situations could be prevented.
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