Video: Seventy per cent of Canadian children are concerned about crime and violence, Small Voices, Big Dreams survey says
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MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - An international survey by ChildFund
Alliance (CFA) of almost 6,500 children, including 400 Canadian
participants, reveals a sophisticated understanding of violence and its
The fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey reveals that, "more than 70 per cent of Canadian children are
concerned about crime and violence. Nearly 80 per cent feel most safe
and happy when they're with their family, and more than half say a
parent or family member is their hero," said Mark Lukowski, Chief
Executive Officer, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC), a CFA
member which led the Canadian survey component.
One of the most comprehensive polls of children's opinions in the world,
the survey asked 10-to-12-year-olds in 47 countries across the
Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia about their views on socio-political
issues facing their country.
This year's survey focused on violence and exploitation. Children were
also asked to describe what makes them feel safe and provides them with
a sense of happiness.
Views on the main causes of violence differed across the developing
regions and reflected the key issues adults are working to address
today; almost a third (29 per cent) of children in Africa identified
links between poverty and violence; while one in five children in the
Americas recognised domestic abuse served as a foundation for violence
- significantly higher than any other region. Meanwhile in Asia, one in
four children said alcohol was the main cause of violence - four times
more than in Africa and twice as much as in the Americas.
Children in developing countries are five times more likely to derive
happiness and a sense of safety from schooling compared to their peers
in developed countries. Consistent with this theme, children from
developing countries are more likely to view their teachers as heroes
than in the western world.
Among the Canadian findings:
Nearly 46 per cent say if they were the leader of our country, the one
thing they would do to protect children from violence is to put bad
people in jail;
Poverty is seen to be the main cause of violence, with lack of education
or a proper upbringing as the second most popular cause; and
63 per cent said one of the most important things is that nobody should
be treated badly.
Bad behaviour (33 per cent), alcohol (21 per cent) and drugs (18 per
cent) are the top three causes of violence according to children in
developed countries; whereas in developing regions children also ranked
poverty, domestic abuse and social conflict highly.
Lukowski added, "Through our work in developing countries, we know that
many of the world's children share the concerns of Canadian children.
Every child deserves to feel safe, happy and protected. That's why we
are focused on helping children, families and communities break the
cycle of poverty. We also work to defend the rights of children and
protect them from harm."
Felicitas Adrian, Vice President, Fund Development and Communications,
CCFC, said, "One of the ways Canadians can participate in protecting
children from violence and exploitation is to sign a petition on child protection and share it with colleagues, family, friends and
social networks. Christian Children's Fund of Canada is urging
Canadians to support the ChildFund Alliance Free From Violence and Exploitation petition that is circulating worldwide and will be submitted to the
United Nations. This is part of our international advocacy work."
Secretary General of the ChildFund Alliance, Jim Emerson, commented,
"The Small Voices, Big Dreams findings reinforce the understanding that children in both the developed
and developing worlds have an intelligent view of their environments
and are highly aware of the conflict and precursors to violence in
their respective countries. As adults, we've also been reminded of the
importance to stop and listen to what children have to say.
"Being a child-focused agency, we value our work with children and are
helping give a voice to those who may not usually have the opportunity.
The results are used as an important tool for the ChildFund Alliance to
ensure our services and priorities are continually aligned with those
who need them most."
To download the Small Voices, Big Dreams report, obtain photos or video, visit ccfcanada.ca.
Christian Children's Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a
worldwide group of 12 child-focused development organizations working
in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for
children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping
children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance.
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Image with caption: ""The main causes of violence are sexism, racism, and bullying": Danielle, 11, Ontario (CNW Group/Christian Children's Fund of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131120_C9084_PHOTO_EN_33598.jpg
Image with caption: ""Give all kids security guards": Bishop, 10, Ontario (CNW Group/Christian Children's Fund of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131120_C9084_PHOTO_EN_33597.jpg
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SOURCE: Christian Children's Fund of Canada
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