We know that bullying affects millions of children and teens from across the world. And despite authority’s stated mission to do something about this, real results are nowhere to be seen. If anything, the problem only seems to intensify and gain new levels of severity.
According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death of youth between the ages of 10 and 24. 4400 of lives are lost each year as a result of bullying. It is a serious issue, and it should be treated accordingly.
And while bullying might come off as a problem that has ramifications too deep to solve, the Finnish government is determined to solve this pressing issue. And the way they plan to achieve this is by preparing students to combat bullying without relying on the help of teacher or proctors.
This is an entirely new approach that is meant to empower the victim, as well as encourage others who witness bullying to take actions to help the person being bullied.
The method involves showing real-life situations when bullying occurs via in-class lessons and even video games to students so that they can become familiar with the particularities of these incidents and know what to do.