Bullying, the main concern of adolescents

The bullying or bullying It is a reality and a global problem. Many efforts are made to raise awareness among young people and their parents about the harmful consequences of bullying in schools, and the truth is that it seems to be beginning to bear fruit: 40% of Spanish adolescents believe that bullying is their biggest concern.

This is clear from a survey conducted by SOS Children's Villages, in which we also find that young people are not only aware of the abuse, but take part to avoid it: more than half (54%) protest when a situation is unfair and support a partner (56%) if they see that is having a bad time


The survey, framed within the values ​​education program of Aldeas Infantiles, has been carried out among 2,863 high school students from all the autonomous communities of Spain, noting among their conclusions that adolescents "the relations of bullying, competition or bullying" They generate an important concern, above other issues such as love, friendship or isolation in a partner.

Courage and indifference to school bullying

Another interesting fact is that, although 56% of the respondents said that when they see a partner have a bad time try to "give encouragement or approach in some way", only 20% of young people dumps with that person only if he is his friend . In addition, the survey reveals that 14% do not usually do anything but the situation is uncomfortable and 10% say that the pain of others generates indifference.


Young people seem to be more involved with causes that are close to them: as explained by Children's Villages, in the face of an injustice, students protest by showing their disagreement or "trying to do something", but only when the motive is close to them. If the reason for the injustice catches them from afar, they do not seem to show much empathy: only 4% are informed about it, a percentage that is the same in the case of young people who say they do not react in any way.

The future, according to young people

Young people have also expressed their opinion about the future, which is essential in the face of the economic crisis. In general, they are optimistic: if another study said that young people thought they would have a better quality of life than their parents, this time almost 58% of respondents left their response in a "we'll see, I have to keep moving forward" . About 20% see "infinite" possibilities for the future and only 4% believe that they do not have too many options.


It is interesting, also, that a quarter of the adolescents surveyed do not admire anyone of their same age. Among those who do, most tend to value the ability to get out of a painful situation or get important things being so young. Good grades or initiative are also highly valued when choosing a person of their age to admire.

On protection have also spoken: although the majority (35%) believes that adults respect them, stresses that 20% of respondents say they feel overprotected, while 18% say that they "put too much pressure" and a 15% complain about continuous sermons.

From Children's Villages have also stressed that 1% of respondents "have indicated responses that denote the absence of a healthy relationship between kids and adults: 'roast me, as if it did not exist,' 'as if worthless' or' as if I were a criminal. "

The dream of young people, come true

What would be your dream dream? According to the survey, a third of young people would ask to pass the course, while 22% of respondents would want a credit card without limits. Given this, from the NGO say that young people do not have "great desire for independence", because only 7% would ask to live independently of their family, while almost 12% would choose to be able to use the smartphone in class, which makes to emphasize that young people are increasingly engaged in technology.

This, even so, collides with another last answer: to the question "you think you could not live without ...", only 5% chose the Smartphone. The majority assured, luckily, that they could not live without a family (74%) and without their friends (17%). Yes, I could live if they lacked new technologies, as email and social networks are considered essential for only 4% of young people.

Angela R. Bonachera

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