In the Western Cape, it is reported that children as young as 14 are being arrested on gang-related offenses.
A gang is any group of three or more people who form an allegiance to the exclusion of others and engage in unlawful or criminal behaviour.
According to Dr Schomer parents have power to keep their kids from joining gangs by being involved in their children’s lives? He says that the time parents spend at work live children exposed to gangsters.
There’s too much unsupervised time in which the child can get exposed to wrong things within a township— Dr Helgo Schomer, resident psychologist
5 reasons why children join gangs:
- For a young mind it is exciting
- Gangs offer status and power
- They get identity – they are seen as somebody in the community
What can parents do to protect their children?
- Spend time with your children
- Know your children’s friends and their parents as well
- Keep your children occupied with extra mural activities after school
- Teach your children about gangs
- Avoid buying your children gang-style clothing
Listen to the full conversation on The Redi Tlhabi Show: