Police warn parents not to use them as threat to get children to behave
Chris Hook 7 News
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Parenting expert and author Dr Rosina McAlpline said it is important to stress to young children that police are there to keep us safe.
She said using police as a threat can plant a negative idea that lasts into their teen years and young adulthood.
McAlpine said it could stop youngsters seeking help in an emergency.
“Young people will end up with this idea that police are there to arrest you, not to help you,” she told 7NEWS.com.au
“You absolutely don’t want to do that and it might happen for life."