Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.
We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.
Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.
By Annalise Kempen
I am not a fan of sci-fi movies as I prefer to watch dramas or content that leaves me with food for thought when I leave the theatre. But I have watched movies such as Planet of the Apes and Jurassic Park and in hindsight, these movies also leave one with a message: sometimes we create monsters in the name of science; then we feed them and eventually we struggle to deal with them.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
We want to believe that the Internet is a safe place, but the reality is that it is a dangerous place where we can become easy targets for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data. These days criminal minds can reach further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. People are seldom aware of how their personal information is used, collected and shared in a digital society. It is therefore important that we learn how to secure our personal information and "own" our online presence.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When British Police Constable Andrew Harper was murdered on 15 August 2019 while responding to a reported burglary in Berkshire, he became the first police official to die on duty since Const Keith Palmer who had been murdered in March 2017. It was striking how the whole country seemingly mourned the death of the young Const Harper. His untimely passing was all over the news. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described his murder as a "mindless and a brutal crime". Reading Football Club honoured him with a minute's silence ahead of their home game against Cardiff City. Flowers were laid on the place where he died and flags were flown at half-mast across the UK on 17 August in honour of his extraordinary sacrifice. But it seems that we do not see this kind of recognition for fallen police members in South Africa.
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
A few months ago, a ten-year-old girl in the UK who was playing a dress-up cartoon game, was asked in a private message to send a topless photo of herself to “verify her age”. The person who had sent the message wrote that since the App was a safe space for young girls and they require users to be 14 and younger and to verify it, they will need a photo of the girl’s bare chest and her age. “This is just an extra security feature but all members must do this. Users that refuse to do this will be permanently banned.” Fortunately, this girl’s mother had installed strict parental control on all of her daughter’s devices which regularly warns the girl about the dangers of speaking to strangers online. The girl immediately showed the message to her mother (Carter, 2019).