Is Tel Aviv Safe For Children

Is Tel Aviv Safe for Children?

Is Tel Aviv Safe for Children? If you don’t want to read the whole article, let me save you the trouble, the answer is yes – Tel Aviv is safe for children.

For those of you who need a little more convincing read on…

In this article we ask the question “Is Tel Aviv Safe for Children”, discussing it from both the day to day aspects all the way to the political situation which we hear about in Israel.

Tel Aviv is not all childproof there are hard surfaces and sharp edges, the daily hazards you’ll deal with in any country in the world, but in terms of highlighting any specific reason why Tel Aviv would not be safe for children I’d really have to dig deep and start making things up.

Not only is Tel Aviv safe for children but there is a list of reason that makes Tel Aviv safer for children than a lot of holiday destinations out there. I’ve taken the liberty of listing a select few out for you:

Is Tel Aviv Safe For Children?


Café Culture – What Does That Even Mean?

f2ehfmwioxa-rob-byeCafe culture can also be translated into Not a Drink Culture. While alcohol is consumed in Tel Aviv, the amounts and rate of regularity come nowhere close to other top destinations around the world, which means instead of having drunk people walking the streets and falling out of bars and clubs, you get bustling cafes, lining the streets filled with people chatting over a cup of coffee and delicious food, making for a totally different atmosphere that is much more child friendly.

As an Irish person who has lived in Tel Aviv for many years, I can assure you the difference between a café culture and pub culture is very noticeable and honestly, I’d feel safer with kids in Tel Aviv at night, than I would in Dublin city at night, purely for this reason. As proud of Ireland as I am, all Irish people can agree, Dublin City late at night is no place for kids.

Warm Weather Brings The People Out

There’s no denying it, Tel Aviv is blessed with great sunshine throughout most of the year, this leads to a vibrant outdoor way of life, with people out pretty much all the time day or night. This factor means you’ve got constant surveillance in Tel Aviv, not that Tel Avivians don’t mind their own business they certainly do, but if something out of the ordinary happens, witnesses are almost guaranteed, making such occurrences less likely.

With a professional background in landscape architecture and the design and planning public outdoor spaces, I can call you that one of the best ways to ensure a sense of safety is to create places that are engaging, inspire congregation and have a constant flow of people. With the weather in Tel Aviv, this type of activity is commonplace.

Is Tel Aviv Safe for Children

Beaches – We’ve Got You Covered

All the main beaches in Tel Aviv (Frishman, Bograshov and Gordon beach) have lifeguard towers, ensuring optimum safety when your children enter the water. The lifeguards will survey the beaches from their towers and issue audio warnings to prevent issues occurring and keep regulations in place for the health and safety of all the beach users.


English – A Second Language in Tel Aviv

If your kids don’t speak Hebrew, coming to Tel Aviv certainly won’t be an issue as there will always be someone close by that speaks fluent English should your child get lost or need assistance and you’re not around. Popping into a local shop will always be an option for them.

Other languages you’ll hear throughout Tel Aviv, also include Russian and French.

Now For The Heavy Stuff

So we’ve discussed the day to day issues of staying in Tel Aviv, let’s get down to the real issues and the actual reason why you’ve asked the question “Is Tel Aviv safe for Children?” Because there’s an elephant in the room and we’ve got to discuss it, otherwise this article is not giving you what you want and we couldn’t have that.

It all really comes down to one thing, the political turmoil that we hear about with a degree of regularity on the international news scene.

So how can I convince you it’s really safe when all you have is media drilling ideas into your head about political unrest and international conflicts?

It’s not my job to convince you, so I won’t even try, all I can say is Tel Aviv is isolated in many ways from these conflicts and I can tell you from personal experience of living in Tel Aviv and traveling around Israel, I have never once in the entire time felt unsafe on any level while living in Tel Aviv.

The media is designed to escalate stories in order to generate higher views and public attention, it’s your job as a critical thinker, to understand all media have an agenda and it’s up to you to decide for yourself if something is safe or not.

So while you’re deciding, think about the following:

  1. Tourists keep on coming back to Israel year after year after year.
  2. Israel has one of the best immigration rates in the world with people coming over in their 1000s annually because they genuinely want to live here.

Both tourism and migration to Israel are constantly growing in Tel Aviv and Israel in general and this shows no signs of slowing down. Tourism in Israel is one of Israel’s primary streams of income, with 3.6 million tourist arrivals in 2017, and 25 percent growth since 2016 which contributed 20 billion NIS to the Israeli economy making it an all-time record.

Tourism to Israel is continuing to increase in 2018, with nearly one million recorded tourists visiting the Jewish State from January to March, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics“. – Jerusalem Post

In terms of immigration in 2017, there was 29,228 people immigrating to Israel, and overall 245,235 in the past ten years. These people are coming to Israel to live, to start families to settle down, in Tel Aviv and beyond.

Wouldn’t all of the above contradict any idea that Israel is unsafe for children, surely they all support the idea that Tel Aviv is safe for children?

You really don’t have to believe me, but instead believe the millions of tourists who want to come every year and the 100’s of thousands of people who have come from the USA, France and the UK because they want to live here more than the country they were settled in before.

Is Tel Aviv safe for children, you tell me!

Article by Scott D. Renwick

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