Twenty-two percent of 12 to 18-year-old students report being bullied during the school year, but only 64 percent of young people who are bullied report it, according to the 2013 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.
Some research estimates that 57 percent of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of a person who is being bullied.
The second episode of AMAZE's #MoreInfoLessWeird online series covers bullying.
It aims to educate tweens, teens, parents and caregivers about bullying — repeated behaviour that hurts, harms or humiliates a person either physically or emotionally, and it can happen while at school, in the community or online.
Watch the video below:
AMAZE is an online animated video series for 10 to 14 year olds that tackles the tough questions young people have about their changing bodies, sexuality, healthy relationships and behaviour.
The highly successful series originated in the US, and now a portion has been adapted for a South African audience including translation into Xhosa and Afrikaans and new locally relevant characters and topics.
The first two episodes are live, with the third episode, 'Healthy Relationships'scheduled to go live on 13 November.
The series can be viewed by tweens or teens directly on their devices or shared with them by care-givers and teachers who can use the videos to facilitate broader conversations about what healthy sexuality and relationships look like.
The episodes deal with the following themes: Gender Identity, Consent, Girls’ Puberty, Healthy Relationships, HIV/Aids, Peer Pressure, Sexual Orientation, STIs, Boys’ Puberty, Bullying and Contraception and Protection.
You can also follow AMAZE South Africa’s social media platforms