Youth Month Takes A Deeper Look Into The Safety Of Our Youth

Youth Month encourages people to help ensure the safety of young South Africans

“A very important topic that must also be addressed during this period is safety,” says Ivan Govender, Fidelity ADT’s District Manager for KwaZulu-Natal. “Safety is a priority and must be top of mind for everyone, particularly teenagers and young adults who are especially vulnerable to crime. June might be a focus month, but ideally, this is something we should focus on all year round.”

“Safety is less about fear and always worrying about what might happen, but rather simply improving your awareness, and being aware of your surroundings and actions. By being more aware of your surroundings and the actions you take, you can mitigate the risks and improve your safety.”

“Streetwise teens know that they do not have to leave home for their safety to be at risk. Govender says knowing and applying basic safety advice can show them that staying safe can be easy, improve their awareness and help them take control in challenging situations. To improve awareness it can take nothing more than putting your phone in your pocket and having your car keys ready before you walk outside to your car. On the other hand, if you are waiting on the sidewalk for a lift just keeping your phone out of sight so that you can see what is happening around you and you are not distracted by what is happening on your phone.”

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