Save the Children study in Hong Kong: 42% of high school students felt sad for a long time and 3 in 5 feared that someone around them would hurt themselves | Taiwan News

Kids want a say in issues that matter to them, finds Young Voices study

HONG KONG SAR – Media awareness – May 24, 2021 – The latest research conducted by Save the Children Hong Kong, a leading international NGO supporting the most disadvantaged and marginalized children, reveals the concerns of young people in Hong Kong, including family and academic pressure, bullying at school and safety in the digital world. They urge leaders and policymakers to do more to address social issues and help children with mental well-being issues and fight against different forms of discrimination.

Created by Save the Children Sweden in 2014, the Youth voices The research is a unique, child-centered study designed to make the voices of young people heard on issues that affect their daily lives in school, at home and in the community. Save the Children Hong Kong held focus groups with 58 high school students in May-June 2019 and interviewed 1,151 children aged 12 to 17 in July 2020. The results presented in the Young Voices report released today are views and opinions of these young people, representing different socio-economic and demographic backgrounds.

According to the survey:

  • 42% of responding students said they often or always felt sad and depressed for a long time.
  • 3 in 5 people were worried that someone they knew would self-injure.
  • 64% often or always felt stressed about school work or school performance.
  • 46% said they often or always worry about being punished by their parents.
  • Almost one in four young people never or rarely feel safe on the Internet, which ranks the Internet as the least safe environment for them.
  • 57% think their future is positive.
  • Almost half of them would like to have more opportunities to address issues that concern them at school, in their communities and at home.
  • More than 80% of the students who responded believe that leaders and decision-makers need to do more to improve the situation of low-income families and children with disabilities, to end bullying and harassment and abuse online, to help them children with mental health problems and also work to combat different forms of discrimination against ethnic minorities, gender and sexual orientation.

Carol Szeto, CEO of Save the Children Hong Kong, said: “At Save the Children, we put the well-being of children at the heart of everything we do. Youth voices The study highlighted some worrying aspects of the realities of our young people, which I hope would encourage actors at all levels of our society to prioritize and respond to these needs of our children. Together, we must strengthen our responsibility to children and help build a better future for our next generation. “

Save the Children Hong Kong supports communication and parent-child relationships with our signature Heart-to-Heart Parent-Child Program, while helping to ensure that children’s physical and mental health needs are met through our mental wellness programs.

For detailed research results, please visit: https://savethechildren.org.hk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/YV_report_202105_page.pdf

About Save the Children Hong Kong

Save the Children believes that every child deserves a future. Since our founding over 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of over a billion children. Established in April 2009, Save the Children Hong Kong is part of the global Save the Children movement which is made up of 30 member organizations and operates in nearly 120 countries. In Hong Kong and around the world, we give children a good start in life, the opportunity to learn and to protect themselves from harm. We are doing whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – to transform their lives and the future we share. Visit our website, or follow us on Social media iconFacebook, Social media iconInstagram, and Social media iconYoutube.

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