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Many Swedish teens fear start of new school year

TT/The Local/dl · 19 Aug 2011, 07:11

Published: 19 Aug 2011 07:11 GMT+02:00

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Pressure to perform, concerns about difficult school work, and bullying fears are among the factors most often cited by students as cause for their anxiety about heading back to school.

Many are also stressed about having the hottest tech gadgets and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

Other stress factors include dealing with “bullshit”, “nasty words”, and rumours, according to the results of a new survey carried out by the youth advocacy organisation Friends, which works to combat bullying in Swedish schools.

Disruptive classrooms also contribute to Swedish youngsters’ angst ahead of the start of autumn school term.

“The study makes for frightening reading,” said Katarina Rosenqvist, head of operations at Friends, in a statement.

The survey shows that only 43 percent of students think that schools do enough to stop bullying and that 11 percent are scared of becoming victims of bullying.

“An alarmingly high percentage,” said Rosenqvist.

She thinks that a “coordinated effort to prevent and put a stop to bullying” is needed.

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“Student participation is known to be an important factor for success in order to stop bullying and Friends strongly believes that children’s and young people’s capacity to dare to stand for that is right,” she said.

The results of the survey are based on responses gathered by the Cint polling firm from 1,025 students ages 14-17 during the summer.

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Your comments about this article

11:31 August 19, 2011 by johan rebel
Academic pressure? In Swedish high schools? Really? No kidding? Where? When?
12:05 August 19, 2011 by jacquelinee
@ johan rebel

(SHHHH Johan. Don't say anything negative about Sweden. Trust me. There is a lynch mob on here.)

Sweden has a wonderful education system and the children will naturally be directed in the best possible way with the best curriculum possible and they have nothing to be afraid of because they will no doubt excell because they are in the best school system there is in the whole wide world. Period.
12:59 August 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
From what I've read in the news, I bet there are a few teachers who dread starting the new year as well.
15:45 August 19, 2011 by mame88
Bullying is rampant in Swedish schools, mainly because the adults seem unable or unwilling to take charge of the little shits who bully.
15:49 August 19, 2011 by Nemesis
There is no academic pressure in Swedish schools.

As for bullyiing. It is completely out fo control in a lot of schools. It is rampant and a blind eye is turned to bullying.
17:54 August 19, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
Lack of home training and violent video games contribute to bullies taking the action from their virtual plays Stations to real life settings. Bullying is just an extension of the violent games they play at home, games which parents think have no influence on the children's attitude

I bet Teachers are also scared going back to an environment over which they have very little control...It is a Swedish thing,so the kids just have to deal with it or LEAVE Sweden..PERIOD
18:02 August 19, 2011 by Grokh
@The_truthisbitter Im sorry my whole life ive played violent videogames and seen war movies and i never bullied anyone.

The problem with bullying is bad parenting AND lack of punishment or consequences for bullying.

Dont give me videogames talk that is idiotic, also most violent videogames have age rating on them and still young kids play because the bad parents bought it for the spoiled brats.

Half the kids in sweden that ive met have no selfsteem and are very shy and insecure while the other half is just as insecure but thrives on stepping on others aka bullying.

Either schools and teachers send the kids to shrinks and pressure him to stop bullying,

or make them face real consequences if you bully my kid ill kick the crap out of you no matter your age, if shrinks and helping doesnt solve then fear of getting their heads crushed might at least keep the innocent ones from being damaged.
18:23 August 19, 2011 by Frobobbles
The sensation should rather have this headline:

Two out of three Swedish youngsters are not worried about the start of the school year, a new survey shows.

Pressure to perform, concerns about difficult school work, and bullying fears are among the factors that leave the students completely indifferent.

Not a single one of them is stressed about having the hottest tech gadgets and keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

Other non-existent tress factors include dealing with "bullshit", "nasty words", and rumours.

Disruptive classrooms does not in any way contribute to two thirds of the Swedish youngsters' angst ahead of the start of autumn school term.
18:37 August 19, 2011 by The_Truthisbitter
@Grokh ..you are right.

When you played violent games I am sure you had the love of your parents to talk sense into you, and drive you out of any mental isolation. But these kids today have nothing at all: No parenting, No discipline, No esteem,and then use the least opportunity to Bully their peers as though doing so will make them adequate in what they lack..

The root cause is BAD PARENTING..and the system doesnt pay them for doing that, so why bother when the Komun can as well take away the child as place under social care , giving him/her more freedoms and more reasons to go rogue
20:56 August 19, 2011 by gogo99
Meanwhile, in Africa, many African teens fear start of new school year since they don't have schools or food or water or something at all.

But no you're right, It's by far more frightening that the Swedes don't have iPhones for the upcoming school year. I agree.
00:47 August 20, 2011 by update-2011
I agree with @ The_Truthisbitter

'the root cause is BAD PARENTING'. We reap what we saw!
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