Child safety ~ Shutterstock
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 resourcesPreventing abductionsSpot a sexual abuserInternet safety for schools5 tips on child safetyTeach NO SECRETS to ensure your child’s safetyHow to keep kids safe at homeAre restaurant play areas safe?Kids face dog dangerDanger in the men's roomYour child, gone in 90 secondsWhat is a 'stranger'?12 facts on child abductionsJoin the conversation. Follow Parent24 on Facebook and Twitter.How do you keep your child safe? Share your tips with us.
Click here to see the full results of the 2014 Parent24 Kids Nation Survey.