Today I witnessed one of the most terrible accidents and it got me thinking and wondering how parents are reckless with the lives of their children.
Two young boys probably between 4 and 7 years were today trying to cross the road in Ntinda, Kampala when a Fuso truck rammed into them killing one on spot. It was a horrible scene. At least everyone who looked at the body of that child couldn’t hold tears running from his or her eyes.
The picture of the body of that little kid lying on the ground has stuck in my head and will probably be the whole day and week.
Maybe, if that kid had an older person to help him cross the road, he would still be alive. What has happened to parents leaving young children to take themselves to school, early in the morning, with that traffic jam especially in a city like Kampala and with boda bodas always speeding. That is risking the lives of your children, the future generation of this country.
As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure your children are protected, safe and for them to receive the best care in the world. How can you neglect your child?
What made me even sadder is that it was raining, very cold but still the children were walking alone to school. I can bet the parent of that child is right now crying, blaming her or himself, why shouldn’t have taken the poor kid to school himself or herself.
However, it is partly the fault of that driver. Why didn’t he first let the children cross the road properly? This will forever be a curse on his head for killing a young child. If he is a parent, then it is worse, thinking and imagining if that child was his.
What has happened to the government ensuring there are zebra crossings on roads especially near schools or where with many people cross from one side to another? That place (where the accident happened) is supposed to be having one because of its location.
Please parents take good care of your children because losing one especially in a reckless accident is the most painful thing that can ever happen to you.
This also goes to parents who always send their children on bodabodas alone. It is very risky because that bodaboda man will be rushing to get other customers and will never think of the safety of your child. At least if you don’t have other means to send them to school, try and go with them on the bodaboda.
Children are our Nation’s most precious resource, but as children, they often lack the skills to protect themselves. It is our responsibility, as parents and teachers, to safeguard children and to teach them the skills to be safe.
Every home and school should teach children about safety and protection measures. This should also include how to cross roads. As a parent, you should take an active interest in your children and also teach them such things because if you the parent can do it, don’t think the teachers will be able to.
Teach your children that they can be careful with risky situations in order to protect themselves against accidents and injury.
“Together we can protect our Nation’s children by teaching them to be smart, strong, and safe,” according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.
Think Education gives some tips on how to a parent can teach his or her child to safely cross the road
Explain to your child why they need to stop, look and listen when crossing the road.
Talk about safer places to cross and how it’s harder to see where there are parked cars, junctions, bends or the brow of a hill.
Help your child to learn the names of the different crossings, such as zebras, puffins, pelicans and footbridges.
- Find the safest place to cross with a clear view of all around, away from parked cars, junctions, bends or the brow of a hill if possible. Talk about safest places to cross and how it’s harder to see where there are parked cars, junctions, bends or near the brow of a hill. Explain that drivers and riders won’t be able to see you either.
- Holding hands with your child, show them how to stop on the kerb, look all around and listen for traffic before they cross. First explain that they must stop at the kerb and not step into the road as traffic might be coming very fast. Then they must look all around because traffic could come from any direction and they should listen because sometimes you can hear traffic before you see it.
- When it is safe, walk straight across (not diagonally) and keep looking and listening. Tell your child they must do this in case there is any traffic they did not see, or in case traffic appears suddenly.