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Morcombes recommend families have unique password

Bruce Morcombe holds up one of his helping hands to remind Xavier Catholic College middle school students who to call if they need help.
Bruce Morcombe holds up one of his helping hands to remind Xavier Catholic College middle school students who to call if they need help. Robyne Cuerel

BRUCE and Denise Morcombe recommend parents teach their children a unique family password.

"So if the child is waiting for a lift and someone approaches them to pick them up, that child will know not to go in that car unless this person knows the password," he said.

The Morcombes shared their tips when they visited Hervey Bay schools on Tuesday to spread the word on child safety as part of the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum.

The couple first visited Xavier Catholic College before making their way to Yarrilee State School where they addressed a sea of students, all wearing red t-shirts as part of the event.

Bruce Morcombe said the purpose of the visit was to educate kids of all ages on how to keep safe and recognise potential danger including cybersafety and phone safety tips.

"We aim to incorporate safety aspects into children's lives to make sure they recognise potential danger, know how to react when they see it and to report why they felt unsafe when a situation occurs," he said.

"I think the unique thing Denise and I bring to the table in terms of child safety is that we bring Daniel's very real story back to those safety messages so no longer can kids sit there and think 'I'm not interested in this because it will never happen to me'.

"Well, just think about Daniel at that bus stop."

The Morcombes have been Child Safety Ambassadors for the Queensland Government ever since their 13 year-old son, Daniel was abducted while waiting for a bus at the Sunshine Coast in 2003.

Their visit comes after several recent abduction attempts in Hervey Bay including the attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl at a park in Wondunna last week.

Topics:  bruce and denise morcombe child safety hervey bay morcombe passwords schools xavier catholic college yarrilee state school



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