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The vast number of issues threatening the well-being of children

By Mzukona Mantshontsho

  • Lack of proper nutrition and shelter
  • Lack of access to proper healthcare
  • Neglect
  • Violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Child pornography
  • Child trafficking
  • Accidental drowning, burns, electrocution, poisoning and choking
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Lack of proper education, and
  • Bullying

Bullying in our schools is a very unwelcome behavior because it makes so many learners feel uncomfortable and often hate or choose to bunk school, because of bullying.

Bullying is expressed in numerous ways:

Emotionally, physically, psychologically and at times plain peer pressure in terms of being made to feel ‘uncool’ or weird. When you are bullied at school, make the effort to inform the teachers or management, to find a lasting solution. While many people are aware of these issues, they do not understand just how great an impact they have on our children and our society as a whole.

The number of South African children suffering from child abuse is much higher – in the millions. Children require a great deal of assistance and guidance in everyday life, much more so than adults do. Children need help with almost everything they do, from basic tasks such as having a bath and getting dressed, to learning how to treat other people. This means that children are much more vulnerable than adults and therefore require protection from the many dangers that threaten their well-being.