Ayushmann Khurrana, a youth hero and Bollywood superstar, is a thought-leader who uses his innovative, conversation-starting entertainers to bring forth constructive, good changes in society. To commemorate the International Day Against Violence and Bullying at School, including Cyberbullying, Ayushmann Khurrana, UNICEF’s Celebrity Advocate for their global campaign EVAC (Ending Violence Against Children), gives his thoughts on providing a safe space for kids on the internet.
TIME Magazine named Ayushmann as one of the world’s most influential individuals, and he says, “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.”
‘Tackling cyberbullying and other kinds of online aggression involving children and young people’ was the theme of the International Day. Bullying in schools, as well as online aggression, such as cyberbullying, has a severe impact on kids’ academic performance, mental health, and quality of life.
Bullied children are nearly three times as likely as non-bullied children to feel excluded at school. They’re also twice as likely to skip school and have a higher likelihood of dropping out after graduating secondary school. This day raises awareness of the problem of bullying in schools, online aggression, and cyberbullying, as well as the consequences and the need for action.
It also encourages students, parents, members of the educational community, education authorities, and a variety of sectors and partners, including the tech industry, to play a role in reducing violence for the safety and well-being of children and youth.
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.”