By TANIA RAYMAN/THE STARSYDNEY Morning HeraldAUSTRALIAN families can’t seem to shake the feeling that their children are being exploited by unscrupulous businesses.
But many say they’re struggling to do anything about it.
A father and his wife who live in Sydney’s east have set up a website and Facebook group for parents to talk about the problems.
“We’re all very concerned, but we just don’t know what to do,” said David, the father of a 2-year old girl.
His wife, Jenny, said they were frustrated because she didn’t know if she was supposed to speak to the child’s father.
Jenny said her daughter is being given products made with ingredients that were banned by a state-wide health agency because they were deemed to be “hazardous”.
She also wants the state to ban any products that are sold with “no labels” such as chocolate bars, as these could be unsafe.
“I don’t want to be on the receiving end of this,” she said.
The couple set up the Facebook group after their two-year baby daughter fell from a roof while wearing a baby blanket.
She was found unresponsive on the ground.
As the child was unconscious, the husband went upstairs to the window to investigate.
They saw the baby on the roof, but could not get her to come down.
He got her to safety, but found she was not breathing.
Her father, David, said he was “totally shocked” and “truly devastated” by what he saw.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
I’ve been working for years, but not having kids has been a nightmare.
I’m devastated,” he said.”
There’s nothing I can do to protect my child from this.
“He said the couple did not know the product manufacturer was responsible.
Parents of a three-year, 4-year and 5-year olds are also being encouraged to report problems to the Child Protection Agency.
It is not the first time parents have set out to find out how they can help their children.
In February, parents from a Sydney suburb were told their children had been found on the roofs of cars and on top of buildings.
But a spokesman for the Child Safety Authority said it was up to parents to find the source of the problem and to take it seriously.
Victoria Police have been told of cases of children falling from buildings.
But the latest incident in Sydney is the latest to highlight the problem of unscrupulous sellers selling “free samples” of products, which can be contaminated.
This means the parents are not getting the products they are supposed to.
Last week, a woman was arrested after allegedly trying to sell the products online for $US1,500 ($1,800) for a pair of earrings.
Police said she had sold the rings for $1,200 ($1) each, and had sent them to her parents in Melbourne.
There were no reports of injuries or criminal offences related to the incident.