Denise Morcombe cuts the cake as primary school captains watch on.
Denise Morcombe cuts the cake as primary school captains watch on. Ella Archibald-Binge

Stay safe for Daniel

"YOU might be sitting there right now thinking you're safe ... but maybe our son Daniel was sitting in assembly thinking he was safe.

"Then you turn the clock forward one day - he was trying to catch a bus.

"He didn't make it to the bus, he didn't make it to the shops, and he never made it home."

This was the opening message from Bruce Morcombe as he addressed more than 500 primary school students and their parents in Stanthorpe yesterday.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe visited Stanthorpe State Primary School to relay a safety message to children: When you sense danger, recognise, react and report.

Mr Morcombe said it was important for parents to reinforce some simple safety tips at home, particularly when monitoring Facebook and social media.

"Watch who your kids are talking to online, particularly with privacy settings," he said.

"It's not a competition to have the most online friends.

"It's better to have 30 friends than to have hundreds of people you don't know.

"If you don't know them, delete them."

Mr Morcombe also encouraged families to hold on to old-fashioned values.

"Look after your neighbours," he said.

"Country towns still have the ability to do that.

"Report any suspicions you may have."

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