How one boy overcame bullying at school, despite getting little support at home

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This Form 2 student took his experiences of being bullied in school and made a video that he hopes will help stop bullies from picking on people

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Tsz-fung hopes his video will make bullies think twice before picking on others again.

The one-minute video I created for Unicef HK’s Make A Video competition is about how I was laughed at and bullied at school because of my delayed puberty.

Right now, there aren’t any clear signs that I’ve hit puberty. My Adam’s apple has yet to develop fully, and the pitch of my voice is higher than the males in my year. Many of my classmates constantly make fun of my voice, saying I sound like a girl.

On top of that, my classmates would also say I had the mind of a girl, and that I was only interested in girlie things.

This student made a video to remind us that we're not defined by our academic results

Needless to say, I was miserable at school. The more time I spent at school, the more painful it became. While some teachers would try to comfort me and tell off those who were teasing me, the situation never really improved.

At one point, I decided to tell my parents about the taunting, thinking they could help me through it and make me feel better. On the contrary, my dad told me off and blamed me for letting it happen.

I was truly devastated, but it made me realise that I had to be the one to put an end to the bullying. I found a strength in myself and learned how to deal with the situation.

You need to do whatever makes you happy, no matter what other people might think

After this realisation, I created a video which made me feel better. I wanted to make a video that could help people know what it’s like to be constantly taunted, and hopefully this will stop bullies from picking on people.

I believe every child should feel safe at school and not have to deal with bullies. Classmates should get along harmoniously and treat each other with respect.

I think it’s also important for parents to be supportive if their child tells them they are being bullied, and not disregard their children’s feelings.

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 at here, and email your feedback to [email protected].

The Make A Video Contest will return in the summer. This year, the theme is “The Value We Embrace”, which aims to encourage young people to explore and discover on their path of growing up by taking notice of and embracing their own values. Details can be found at the Unicef HK Make a Video website.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

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