Within the last 10 years, the estimated number of children killed as a result of war is about 10 million. Situations arising from armed conflicts mainly affect children because of their vulnerability.
Today between 250,000 and 300,000 children are fighting around the world. The recruitment begins at age 10. Child soldiers are exploited in war as machines; they are even used against their relatives and friends.
Unfortunately, child abuse reaches every corner of the world, often occurring in places and areas where children should be most protected: within households, at schools and online. This abuse is commonly perpetrated by people who have gained children’s trust. All children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse.
Every day, children across the world are subjected to harmful forms of bullying within schools. School bullying is a dangerous impediment to child development, negatively affecting children’s mental and physical health, as well as their ability to navigate educational challenges.
The expression ‘school shooting’ is commonly used to define acts of violence committed with the use of firearms by students or former students, but also by external persons, inside a school.