Don't turn a blind eye, we need to stand up to bullies when we see the abuse


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Leung Tsz-hong’s video shows that students should take action to stop bullies, or things could get worse.

Have you ever seen one of your schoolmates being physically attacked or verbally abused by another student? School bullying is common nowadays. A 2016 survey conducted by Unicef revealed that two-thirds of young people in Hong Kong have been bullied.

Maybe you could help victims who cannot defend themselves. But how? Even though you know you should do something, the bully’s terrible temper and strong build may scare you away. It would be natural if you felt that you could be hurt, too.

In my video, Siu-ming narrates his thoughts while witnessing his classmate, Wai-keung, being bullied by his best friend, Siu-wah.

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Siu-ming first struggles with his inner feelings: “Should I turn a blind eye to it and go away?” He imagines being kicked, punched, slapped or shoved. But he eventually realises that he must do the right thing and saves the boy.

It is understandable to have concerns about not being strong enough to stand up to someone, but it is crucial to stand up for justice. The school campus must be a safe place for all students, regardless of their race, religion or background.

Staying silent when confronted with bullies is not a good thing. Minding your own business does not keep you out of danger.

When no one speaks up against injustice, the situation could become worse. Be courageous and stand up to the bullies. Students will become more vulnerable to bullying if it is not stopped, and the next victim could be you!

By helping his friend, Siu-ming has done his part. What about you? The next time you see someone being bullied, would you rather turn around and pretend you haven’t seen anything, or take action to stop the violence?

Unicef HK’s “Make A Video” competition gives young people a chance to express themselves. The project is co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Centre’s IFVA, with support from Hang Seng Bank and Young Post. Check out the videos here. Email your feedback here.

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