As children experience the world, they are bound to develop anxieties as they confront a myriad of challenges along the way.
Reports also suggest that children are experiencing anxiety at a higher level than ever before, with some contunuing to be scared of the dark into adulthood.
702's Azania Mosaka spoke to clinical psychologist, Candice Cowen, about how parents can help their children overcome these anxieties.
She emphasised the importance of parents keeping a close eye on the kind of material their children are exposed to, which raises the probability of them developing phobias.
Listen to the interview below:
Fear is a normal experience. It happens to most kids and it's an unpleasant emotion in response to a perceived or real threat.— Candice Cowen, clinical psychologist