For International Youth Day, UNICEF and its partners released the results of a new global poll using U-ReportMore than 100,000 young people responded from more than 18 countries, and their results highlight the prevalence of bullying and its devastating impact on young people. In response to the results released on youth day, UNICEF and its partners asked U-Reporters and VOY bloggers for selfies and their thoughts about bullying in their communities. #ENDViolence #EndBullying #YouthDay

Elizabeth Ascroft, 25, Newcastle, UK
Elizabeth Ascroft, 25, Newcastle, UK

Both directly, and indirectly, bullying circulates in my community. The cyber world, the professional workplace, friendships, partners even down to that stranger on the bus, I see it every day.

 

 

Marziyya Malik, age 25, Islamabad, Pakistan
Marziyya Malik, age 25, Islamabad, Pakistan

“Like teenagers around the world, Pakistani kids too just want to fit in – and being openly ridiculed for appearances (keep in mind these posts are open to be viewed by anybody) can really be soul crushing.” Marziyya Malik, age 25, Islamabad, Pakistan

 

Misha (Michael) Kushka, 17, Kiev, Ukraine
Misha (Michael) Kushka, 17, Kiev, Ukraine

People often show their power by demonstrating the ability to abuse somebody.” – Misha (Michael) Kushka, 17, Kiev, Ukraine

 

 

 

Oumayma Tounsi, 17, Marrakesh, Morocco 
Oumayma Tounsi, 17, Marrakesh, Morocco

“The one thing that can help is raising awareness about the subject, to talk about it openly and help the victims to develop skills to stand up for themselves.” 

 

 

 

Imen Al-Nighaoui, 26, Tunisia, La Marsa City
Imen Al-Nighaoui, 26, Tunisia, La Marsa City

Since society and families are part of the problem of bullying, they both have the key to a cure.

 

 

 

Clarice Mahim, 17, Brazil
Clarice Mahim, 17, Brazil

“We must revert the way of thinking that perpetuates bullying it is necessary to replace it with a different way of thinking that promotes respect for others, regardless of human expression.”  

 

 

Jack Liddall, 15, Scotland
Jack Liddall, 15, Scotland

”Regardless of how bullying is manifested, it seems to be born out of a lack of respect. A lack of respect for others and for the diversity which enriches our society.” 

 

 

Susie Williams, 16, United Kingdom
Susie Williams, 16, United Kingdom

 

“Young people can feel a strong need to fit in, which in some cases they perceive can only be achieved or relieved through bullying others”

 

 

Mariel Alonzo, 20, Philippines
Mariel Alonzo, 20, Philippines

A lot of the cases of bullying in my community are done online, through social media channels. I see people victimizing another – publicly shaming them, barraging their accounts with threats and hate messages, and finally, influencing others to do the same.” 

 

Kseniya, Age 18, Kiev, Ukraine
Kseniya, Age 18, Kiev, Ukraine

“Kids can be cruel, and usually are, when there is an opportunity. When someone is too loud, quiet, honest, weird — basically, simply different, — there’s a high chance that the group would not accept him or her and make this person an outsider.” 

 

 

Winny Moreira, 18, Taiobeiras, Brazil
Winny Moreira, 18, Taiobeiras, Brazil

“Bullying seen in the community: Racism, LGBT-phobia, different economic status, weight of people and misogyny.” 

 

 

 

Flávia, Age 25, Maputo, Mozambique
Flávia, Age 25, Maputo, Mozambique

We must respect for each other’s differences

 

 

 

 

Hannah Weytjens, 17, Maaseik Belgium
Hannah Weytjens, 17, Maaseik Belgium

“Young people bully each other out of insecurity. Bullying someone gives a certain sense of power” 

 

 

 

Alfabeto, 20, Mozambique
Alfabeto, 20, Mozambique

“Change is a process. I believe what could stop bullying is the fact that young people have to accept each other the way they are. For that it is imperative to respect our differences and change our mind set.“ 

 

 


UNICEF works to engage children and adolescents on the impact of bullying as part of its global End Violence Against Children initiative including through the U-Report platform and through global social media campaigns. UNICEF, together with its partners, also works to strengthen education systems in schools and establish strong referral systems for child welfare.

The global poll was conducted through U-Report, a rapidly growing youth engagement tool that provides a platform for over 2 million young ‘U-Reporters’ from more than 20 countries. Through the poll young people were asked via SMS, Facebook and Twitter, a series of questions relating to the impact of bullying in their community, their own personal experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to end this type of violence. More than 100,000 U-Reporters, participated in the poll including young people from Chile, Ireland, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, Ukraine and through the Global U-Report channel.

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