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Youth Research Unit

The research niche areas of the Youth Research Unit (YRU) include a focus on psycho-social issues affecting the safety and well-being of children and young people in South Africa.  These issues include substance abuse, violence in schools (bullying), information technology behaviour and the sexual exploitation of children.  The YRU also focus on online and offline sexual exploitation of children and young people.

Research focus areas

  • Safety and wellbeing of children.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Sexual exploitation of children.
  • Online sexual child exploitation (OCSE)
  • Online behaviour.
  • School violence.
  • Bullying.