NZ Herald 21 November 2013
In Afghanistan the kids blame war and fighting, in the US it’s guns but New Zealand children say alcohol and drugs are two of the main triggers for violence in this country.
A global study conducted by ChildFund Alliance shows that more than a third of the 1000 New Zealand children surveyed said alcohol and bad behaviour were the two main contributors to violence while just under a third said drugs were among the main causes.
The fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey asked 10-to-12-year-olds in 47 countries across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Pacific and Asia about their view on socio-political issues facing their country.
It found that more than 60 per cent of New Zealand children in the survey believed everyone should have a good education and be safe from crimes and violence.
Professor Sally Casswell of the Whariki Research Centre at Massey University said children were “quite clever observers” and the survey’s findings were interesting when compared with other developed nations.