Police want to speak to a man who was seen near Shoprite, Onchan, with a young child at about 11.35am yesterday (Wednesday).
He was heard to use foul and abusive language and the child became distressed, the police say.
Officers believe other people were in the area at this time who would have witnessed this.
The man and child were seen walking towards the direction of Kaighin’s Lane. The man wass described as being in his 50s and of stocky build.
The man involved, or any witnesses to the incident, are being urged to contact police headquarters on 631212.