Status quo children’s rights in Greece

UNICEF Greece finds out (on the back of a recent poll) that eight out of ten (!) children have seen other children’s rights violated. In other words, 82% of the youth say that they have witnessed a violation of another child’s rights. Most of the children lack information on their rights as stated in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, similar to me when I grew up. The survey was conducted through the U-Report Greece platform.

71% of the youth said that they were present when the violation took place, but that they did not act and support, mostly because they were afraid. Besides, because they did not know what to do. Only 11% of the children who were present informed a responsible adult. Just 18% of the children said that they have never witnessed a violation. 67% of the youth said that they have to talk to an authority when a violation occurs. 28% said that they would talk to their parents and 5% to their teachers.

31% of the children said that they know of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. 34% do not know anything about it and 35% have heard something about it, but would need more details. 46% know some of those rights, but not all. Only 12% of the children believe that they know all of those rights. 25% said that they do not know those rights and 16% said that they are unsure.

The poll consists of 384 teenagers and young people, between 14 and 34 years old, from all over the country. 65% of them are between 15 and 19.

Source: press release.