It is safe to say that a parents main goal is to protect the well-being of their children. The sad reality is that parents are not even at ease allowing their children to play in the yard. Childhood activities have become a rare phenomenon to witness. As parents keep their children home when running errands or doing grocery shopping. Children are growing up without the memories of a normal childhood with digital devices tablets and phones which is evolving into a basic necessity for them.
Parents are forced to become overprotective towards their children. Allowing your child to go out has become a very risky affair. Human trafficking, hi-jacking, rape and murder is at an all-time high. Thus leaving parents with no other choice but to reject requests from teenagers to go out. One would certainly understand the reasoning behind strict rules, however, teenagers simply do not share the same sentiments.
Kidnapping videos have gone viral on the internet recently. Whilst it is true that kidnapping and human trafficking is on the rise, the videos depict no evidence that the incidents have indeed taken place in South Africa. Police believe that these videos could be re-enactments believed to be used as a tool to identify and target young vulnerable women.
As such teenagers often feel overwhelmed by the pressures facing them on a daily basis. Bullying in school has become normalized to the extent that most people believe it is a phase of the adolescent experience. Teenagers are more susceptible to low self-esteem issues which results in many attempting to end their lives and many succeeding. The significance of world suicide prevention day is to acknowledge all the lives lost and raise awareness. According to the World Health Organisation, a suicide occurs every 40 seconds and an attempt made every 3 seconds. This number is disturbing and parents are now realizing that their child’s physical health is just as important as their mental health.