Updated: Aug 1, 2021
As reported by VNExpress about a study conducted by Violence against Children, more than 70 % of Vietnamese youth report that they are not aware of any helpline or supporting services in case of cyberbullying. In the same article, almost half of the Vietnamese respondents said they knew about private online groups inside the school community where information about peers was shared for bullying. Nevertheless, 96 percent said they have not used technology or digital platforms to harass or bully others, with only 4 percent admitting they have. From the data, the collected information is conflicting - What does this mean ?
Through this survey of 170,000 students all across South East Asia, with almost 2000 coming from Vietnam alone, it is evident that there is still a lot of ambiguity surrounding the topic, with every piece of evidence seemingly plagued with uncertainty.
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What makes bullying incidents so difficult to stop is the fact that there is often little physical or tangible evidence from the incident of which the victim can use to seek help. According to a research by the National Center for Educational Statistics published in 2019, of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose. What do all of these most common bullying tactics share: there is little the victims can do, as the damage has already been done with no way for them to convincingly tell anyone that they were bullied.
For such reasons, most victims will decide not to report the incident, instead deciding to keep it to themselves. The statistics from such complications are striking: only 46% of known bullying cases involve the report of the incident to responsible adults/friends. This leads to a dangerous circle: Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school according to another study by the CDC. Students who experienced bullying or cyberbullying are nearly 2 times more likely to attempt suicide. According to statistics, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals 10-34 years of age. Alarmingly, suicide ideation and attempts contributed by bullying among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008
So what can we do as teenagers to prevent this?
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You - yes you are the perfect candidate for helping to end this problem. By constantly educating yourself about the impact and the most common forms of bullying, you can directly spread awareness about the issues not only to your friends but also to your families and everybody surrounding you. Furthermore, you are the first responder to any act of bullying, be it against yourself or any bystanders that you happen to come across: be vigilant and speak up against them or at the very least - help the victims seek help and be their allies.
Lastly, to all the readers who are being bullied or have been bullied, always reach out for help. There’s absolutely no shame in asking for support, to deal with what makes you feel uncomfortable or sad. In fact, it is a brave thing to do - remember, it takes courage to be vulnerable and admit that you need help.
Together, we can put an end to bullying. One step at a time, one child at a time, one incident at a time and one story at a time.
Please refer to the following site for support - you got this:
Vietnam and International:https://findahelpline.com/vn?topics=Suicidal+thoughts
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