Teenagers like to think they’re ‘all grown up’! Then they shatter this perception by heading off out with their mates forgetting to inform parents or guardians where they’re going, only to return hours later, safely and oblivious to any concerns surrounding their whereabouts which might be voiced.
Being a parent or a guardian – we worry – it’s just natural. However, there is a lot to worry about these days, especially when you understand the hard fact that a proportion of youths will head out this summer with their mates, only never to return home. They’ll become the latest unnecessary victims of gang and knife violence!
Gang culture is not just confined to the big cities. Gangs can be present even in the smallest village in the quietest of areas. Postcode gangs is a rising trend amongst many youths. It has spread from its roots in inner-city London to many suburbs up and down the country.
In a report in the Guardian (source) it’s suggested that due to recent cuts to our youth services, Britain should brace itself for a summer of gang and knife violence.
In the last year our capital city has already seen knife crime rise by over 9% and youth violence increase by 4%. The report goes on to name Negus McLean who was only 15, he was chased by seven youths on bicycles before being stabbed and Yemurai Kanyangarara a 16 year old boy who died after being stabbed in the neck by two youths.
As parents and guardians we’re constantly anxious about our children’s safety. One way is to make them carry a personal alarm that will fit into their busy grown up lifestyle, ensuring that if they ever feel threatened at least they have an option to enable the alarm and give themselves the chance to escape from a potentially dangerous situation.