Whenever a mega star or a celebrity raises an issue which benefits society, people pay attention to it. And when it’s a celebrity of the stature of Ayushmann Khurrana who is raising the issue, it has to be heard.
Ayushmann Khurrana expresses his discontent with bullying and violence at school levels, including cyberbullying on the occasion of the International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Levels. Anushmann, UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for the global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children), offers his advice on how to create a safe space for children.
Ayushmann remarks, “Bullying is traumatic for every person, and in the present day it also happens online. In the case of cyberbullying, children are often not sure of how and where to access help, whether the bullying originates from people they know in school, in their communities or strangers on the internet”.
Young and ambitious, Ayushmann Khurrana strives to impact society in a positive way by providing thought-provoking, thoughtful entertainment. In line with the theme of the Day that remains, ‘Transforming cyberbullying into a positive force for children and young people”, Ayushmann strongly condemned this practice.
Studies confirm that the consequences of bullying in the classroom or online violence, such as cyber bullying which is on constant rise, are detrimental to academic achievement, the mental and general wellbeing of students, resulting in lingering effects on their overall personality. Similarly, studies report that children who are bullied frequently feel left out at school more often than children who are not bullied.
The chances of them skipping school and abandoning formal education after finishing secondary school are also twice as high. In order to end bullying in schools, online violence, and cyberbullying, we must bring awareness to its effects and put an end to it. To achieve this, it is very important to involve students, parents, members of the education community, education authorities, as well as a range of sectors and partners, like the tech industry.
In response, Ayushmann says, “As parents, teachers, family members it’s our collective responsibility to ensure that all children are aware of how to stay safe online, to create a safe space where children who experience online violence do not hesitate to seek help. Together, let us make the internet a safer place.”