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INSPIRE: This how you can help create a safer world for every child

Agencies initiated by the World Health Organisations (WHO) have put their resources together to measure progress and drive solutions to end sexual abuse against children.


More than 8,000 South African children die every year as a result of injuries, and poverty has a lot to do with it, experts say

Poor infrastructure and harsh living conditions, in a society like South Africa which has deep structural poverty, expose children to high levels of neglect, harm and injury in the home and community.


Schoolgirl makes stunning recovery after surgeons turn her foot into her knee

A schoolgirl who beat bone cancer after surgeons performed a rare surgery that turned her foot into her knee has wowed medics and her family - by being more active than ever before.


INFOGRAPHIC: How to tell if a toy is for a girl or a boy

A handy one-step flow chart helps anyone know if a toy is for girls or for boys, and buy accordingly.


'She won for being ginormously kind': What the Miss Universe win means to SA's girls

The beautiful Zozibini Tunzi is the third South African woman and the first black woman since 2011 to win the title of Miss Universe.


Children’s lies are deceptively complex

What happens during the preschool years that helps children to tell their first lies?


Going swimming? Remember these crucial safety tips

Parents need to be extra vigilant when their kids are around water this summer.


Kidnapping prevention - 8 tips that could keep your child safe

It is a frightening reality and every parent’s nightmare, but a prevailing issue in South Africa. Here's how to minimise the risk.


Is your child struggling to make friends? Here’s how you can help them

Making chums comes more naturally to some than to others. Here’s how to help your child socialise.


OPINION: We should teach our children about different religions, no matter what our beliefs are

Don't worry - teaching your children about Islam and other religions won't indoctrinate them or push them into adopting that faith. It will only make them more tolerant and perhaps make our world a less frightening place.


Poor diets are damaging children’s health worldwide warns UNICEF

Many children are suffering the consequences of a failing food system and poor diets warned UNICEF in a new report on children, food and nutrition.


OPINION: We aren’t doing enough to protect our boys from sexual assault

We often talk about toxic masculinity and how women fall victim to sexual abuse and assault because of it. But children, more specifically, boys, also make up part of the 41 583 rapes that were committed in South Africa over the 2018/2019 period. So isn't it time we start empowering and protecting our boys too?


What to do when your child is a bully

Don't take it personally if your child is accused of being a bully.


Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage – here’s how to spot the signs and move on

People who have been bullied can experience mental health problems later in life such as stress, anxiety and depression. So it is vital that children who have been bullied work through the past in order to move on and forward.


How to be a boy mom

Some great tips on how to foster an amazing relationship with your son as a mother.


The benefits of cuddling stuffed animals (for children and adults alike)

It's so cute when your little one is peacefully asleep with their favourite teddy bear. Have you ever wondered though what the benefits of stuffed toys are?


Consent classes reduced rape by 51% in Nairobi, is this what South Africa needs?

No Means No Worldwide have introduced a programme teaching girls self-defence and boys about positive masculinity – and it has significantly reduced rape statistics. Is it time for SA to introduce these classes in schools and on campuses?


These simple rules could save your children’s lives

How to protect your children against abduction.


'No means no': A teacher explains how to gently teach consent to 3-year-olds

"Consent is something I am big on teaching. Mostly because I am alive in the 21st Century, but also because I have survived a sexual assault by someone who was a partner and lover at the time."


What’s the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results

Is it really true that children soak up language like sponges? Researchers talk best practice when teaching children multiple languages.


What The Lion King teaches us about children and grief

For more than 20 years, The Lion King has taught children lessons about the circle of life.


Grudges come naturally to kids – gratitude must be taught

Research suggests that young children aren't naturally geared towards kindness and must learn the principle of direct reciprocity in order to apply it.


The proposed 'no repeat policy' will be 'placing the needs of the education system above the needs of our learners'

"Through this policy revision, the DBE will be putting a band-aid on a scratch that will eventually become a deep wound."
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