'It's really terrible!'
Parents we spoke to all say they teach their children about road safety to minimise accidents
Shocking. Scary. Terrible!
That was the reaction of parents when The New Paper shared with them a video of a toddler who dashed into the path of a car.
The parents were aghast. And at least one wanted to give the toddler's parents a piece of her mind.
"If I were there, I would probably scold the parent for being totally irresponsible," said Mrs Sharon Chow, a 46-year-old mother of three children aged five, 14 and 16.
She added: "It's really terrible! I was very shocked when I saw the video. My first reaction on seeing the video was, 'Where's the parent?'"
Mrs Chow said it was a long time before the woman appeared, running after the child.
She added: "That means that the child must have wandered quite far."
"It is the parents' responsibility to show their children how to cross safely and set an example."
Mrs Novi Liu, a 39-year-old housewife, part-time tutor and mother of three children aged five, nine and 11, said she was shocked when she saw the video.
"My first thought was, 'Why is the child running around alone at night?'"
She immediately shared the video with her husband as a cautionary tale.
She makes sure she holds her children's hands whenever they are near a road.
"I will hold my youngest son's hand and tell him to pay attention when crossing," she said.
"It's really scary!" said Mrs Joanna Foo, 33, who has three children aged six, four and 18 months. "Such a close call."
All the parents who spoke to TNP agreed that the responsibility to protect children is with caregivers.
"It's very irresponsible for the parents not to hold onto the toddler when crossing the road," said Mr Jeremy Lei, 30, father of a year-old boy.
He always carries his son when crossing the road.
Mrs Liu agreed: "It's not the child's fault because at that age, they won't know anything."
All the parents we spoke to teach their children about road safety to minimise accidents.
"I tell them cautionary tales about road safety so they better understand the consequences," Mrs Liu said.
Still, parents' efforts can never be foolproof.
Mrs Foo said: "Sometimes I worry that my children may dash across the road if their ball rolls over or something.
"It's hard to get them to follow road safety rules, especially the younger ones."
Mrs Liu said: "It is difficult. You have to keep reminding children about road safety because they may forget.
"I have no right to question the mother or caregiver about what happened. But if I could speak to her, I would want to find out why this boy was allowed to run off by himself.
"I hope this is a one-time incident."
It's very irrespon-sible for the parents not to hold on to the toddler when crossing the road.
- Mr Jeremy Lei, 30, father of a one-year-old boy