A study by the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, London has revealed that South African parents are more restrictive with regard to their children's movements. This is opposed to parents in 16 other countries surveyed, which include Australia, Brazil, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Sweden.
In the other countries, except South Africa, by age 11, at least a majority of children are allowed to cross main roads. But the study says 80% of South African parents were afraid their children would be injured in a traffic accident if they crossed a road on their own.
CapeTalk presenter John Maytham spoke to Joan van Niekerk, President at International society for prevention of child abuse and neglect:
The restrictions on children's behaviour is often limited to what parents see as being safe— Joan van Niekerk, President at International society for prevention of child abuse and neglect
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show: