Morcombes warn our young girls not to trust when online

A VISIT to Toowoomba by child safety advocates Bruce and Denise Morcombe was timely given the recent disappearance of Gatton girl Jayde Kendall.

Arriving at St Saviour's College in their trademark red bus they spoke to students about how to stay safe.

Their key message to the 120 young girls was to recognise dangerous situations, react by having a plan and report any incidents to authorities.

Bruce Morcombe delivered an impassioned speech using realistic examples of dangerous situations.

Mr Morcombe said he could sense the students were thinking about missing woman Jayde Kendall as he spoke about safety.

"It's in their backyard. We know Jayde's case is very sensitive and we're all hoping and praying there's a healthy result at the end of it."

Denise and Bruce Morcombe speak to students at St Saviour's College.
Denise and Bruce Morcombe speak to students at St Saviour's College. Bev Lacey

The Morecombes started campaigning for child safety after their son Daniel was abducted in 2003.

They started the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to spread safety awareness, to help victims of crimes and have released a safety app called "Help Me".

Bruce Morcombe warned the students to be wary of getting into cars with strangers.

"You know Daniel was nearly 14 and he got into a car with a stranger. He was pretty smart but adults tell fibs, they trick young people," he said.

Mr Morcombe advised the students to create a safety password that only family members know.

Being safe online was a major theme of the talk.

Denise Morcombe warned students to change their Facebook privacy settings to private.

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"Don't add friends of a friend because you don't know who is sitting behind the keyboard," she said.

"It's very easy to get into dangerous situations."

Student Sydney Redulla said it was inspiring to hear the Morcombes speak.

"I learned to never trust anyone on the internet," she said.

The Morcombes have spoken at more than 400 schools.

Bruce Morcombe warned the students not to get into cars with strangers.
Bruce Morcombe warned the students not to get into cars with strangers. Bev Lacey

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