Bullying remains a serious problem

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2011, 12:00am


Bullying can take several shapes and forms. They can be both physical and psychological.

Both kinds of bullying can greatly affect the psychological health of teenagers and have a negative effect on their daily lives. So what should victims do when they are being bullied?

First, they should not fight back to take revenge. This will only make things worse. Instead, young people who are being bullied should speak to their teachers and parents. Social workers can also help them out.

Bullies often pick on victims when they are alone so that their friends cannot come to their aid. If you're at risk of being bullied, make sure to stay close to your friends.

Mickey Wong, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Mickey. Sadly, although Hong Kong is a very advanced, multicultural society, there is still a lot of bullying here at schools.

As you say, bullying can take many forms: calling people names, taking their belongings, spreading rumours, physically hurting them, and so on. It leaves people feeling hurt, sad and lonely.

But we have to always remember this: there are people who want to help victims of bullying. Perhaps the most important thing to remember if you're being bullied, or if you know of someone being bullied, is to tell a grown-up. Do not suffer in silence. There is ALWAYS someone you can turn to and there is ALWAYS a solution.

If you feel you can't explain what's happening in person, write a letter to your parents - sometimes it's easier to express how you feel in writing. But make sure you then talk about it.

If you know that someone is being bullied, don't just stand by and watch. You have the power to put a stop to things. Make sure you tell a teacher.

And if you have bullied someone before, think about why you did it. Maybe you, too, need to talk to someone.

Karly, Deputy Editor