46% of young people are effected by bullying in Albania. This is a result of the polls of the recent couple of months deriving from www.bullyproof.al. At the beginning of September of last year, Telecom Albania launched a campaign to inform and raise awareness of pupils and parents regarding the bullying phenomenon. The idea of a questionnaire was first initiated by a group of young people, who argued that it would help to understand each and every one if they are part of the problem or the solution of this problem for the society.
There was considerable interest to participate and fill out the questionnaire. In only two months, it was filled out by more than 2,500 people and results are alarming. 62.3% of respondents result to be bullies or have a tendency to be. 37.7% of young respondents have been bullied or under the risk to be bullied.
More concerning is that there are 3 bullies for every victim of bullying. If no immediate measures are taken, 3 out of 10 young people could become bullies, while 2 out of 10 young people could become a victim.
This engagement turned into a full blown campaign of communication in collaboration with the Center for the Protection of Children and Center for Strengthening and Development. A group of experts in this field worked to draft the questionnaire and its illustration. The situations included in it, were tested in various age groups and the whole project was published during a conference with young participants. At the same time, specialists of these issues, organized awareness raising sessions with pupils of a number of schools in the country. According to students, the most common situations, were materialized in a series of graphic narrations and stories, which were then published in the social media and were exhibited in various environments.
The campaign was joined by a number of well-known personalities, who continue to communicate with their followers and spread the word on this phenomenon, among them blogger Olti Curri and singer Venera Lumani.
Today, bullying and similar dangerous phenomena are present both in our daily lives as well as digital world. Telecom Albania, as one of the most important internet providing operators, is committed to give its contribution in our society’s fight to combat and face bullying and appeals to all to become part of it./Tiranapost.D.Xh