How to keep South Africa's kids safe

By Robyn van der Merwe
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In the Kids Nation Survey 2014, a rather shocking percentage of parents don't consider South Africa a safe place for their children.

While crime is an issue in our country, Crime Stats SA states there has been a 1% increase in overall crime in South Africa between 2009 and 2013. That doesn't seem like a large percentage but with the rise of social media and internet usage, the coverage these crimes get is much more than before.

At times it seems that all we see about our country is the death, rape and harm of our fellow South Africans. Unfortunately, a large number of those victims are children.

Protecting our kids

While it's a terrifying thought even considering our children being hurt in any way, it's a reality that we all have to consider and educate ourselves about. 

Overall, out of the South African parents that took our survey, 79% said that they don't think SA is currently a safe place to live. 68% of parents have little hope of the country being any safer in the future either.

While Gauteng (42%) and Western Cape (33%) parents made up the largest numbers who fear for their children, there is no doubt that every parent wants their children to be as safe as possible. 

Whether it be against rape, bullying, murder or abduction, we want to offer you resources that can educate you and your family and potentially save a life or keep your child safe. Take a look at the following articles and hopefully it can set your mind at ease.

Safety resources

Preventing abductions

Spot a sexual abuser

Internet safety for schools

5 tips on child safety

Teach NO SECRETS to ensure your child’s safety

How to keep kids safe at home

Are restaurant play areas safe?

Kids face dog danger

Danger in the men's room

Your child, gone in 90 seconds

What is a 'stranger'?

12 facts on child abductions

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