18:51 / 23.02.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Family Committee: Pink T-shirts warn of peer violence

Committee on Family Youth and Sports marks Anti-Bullying Day

Committee on Family Youth and Sports marks Anti-Bullying Day

Foto: Patrik Macek / PIXSELL

Members of the Parliamentary Committee for Family, Youth and Sports wore pink T-shirts this year while marking the National Day for Combating Peer Violence, which is marked on the last Wednesday in February.

The number of registered perpetrators of bullying in 2021 increased by 10 percent compared to 2020, while the age group of perpetrators was reduced, so now most perpetrators of bullying come from the age group of 14-18 years or high school students, they said in a statement.

The pandemic, and even the earthquake in parts of the Republic of Croatia, significantly changed the world of children and the circumstances of their growing up. They are increasingly aware of the use of digital technology, which provides them with a range of opportunities for learning, information, socializing with peers, play and entertainment.

At the same time, however, it carries risks and dangers of virtual abuse, which perpetrators and witnesses are often unaware of because they do not have direct insight into the victim’s suffering. Such virtual violence takes place in front of a large audience and witnesses, and all of them, in the absence of empathy and empowered by the guise of anonymity, violate social norms and increase the victims' feelings of fear and insecurity.

The task of parents and educators is to teach children how to protect themselves on the Internet: do not leave personal information and photos on the Internet, keep your passwords safe, show malicious and threatening messages to adults, do not send angry messages, report virtual abuse when you notice it and in this way help victims, do not pass it on, do not comment on or like content that could hurt someone.

“We invite everyone who works with children to mark the National Day for Combating Peer Violence in order to develop a sense of empathy for victims of abuse and to empower victims to report violent behavior and encourage the system to provide assistance to both victims and abusers, because it is about the children we are now forming to later be effective and constructive members of our society,” said the president of the parliamentary Committee for the Family, Vesna Vučemilović.

Source: HRT

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