As parents our child’s happiness is important to us. In fact, seeking happiness is a cultural driver. But many fall short in this pursuit and the reasons are not always obvious.
To sell newspapers, the media often presents articles in the sensationalised manner, to connect to the emotions of the reader. There is no more emotional subject than the safety of our children. So, what are the true and measurable facts about the dangers our children face on an everyday basis?
The crime survey of England and Wales and the office of national statistics state the following:
- Over 500,000 crimes are committed against young people each and every year.
- 11 in 100 children aged 10 to 15 years were the victims of at least one crime last year.
- There were 200 attempted abductions of a child by a stranger. The average age of a child in these abductions was 14 years old.
- There are 500 muggings of children every single day.
Interesting, if we’re talking about the safety of our children, we need to consider the threat posed by aggressive dogs.
- There are 250,000 incidents of dogs showing aggression to people every single year.
- Over 1000 children end up hospitalised after being attacked by an aggressive dog.
So, what do these figures mean to parents?
The good news is that the UK is a relatively safe place to live. However, we need to accept that danger and risk does exist in every village, town city and neighbourhood. Our children need the ability to manage this risk in an effective and proactive manner. These skills need to be transferable from scenario to scenario and transferrable in adulthood.