KUALA LUMPUR – Almost seven out of ten children in Malaysia worry a lot about bullying, according to a new global survey issued by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with World Children’s Day today.
This is compared to only three out of 10 in Japan or close to four in 10 in the United Kingdom.
UNICEF in a statement said Malaysian children also worried a lot about other global issues, such as violence against children (64 per cent) and terrorism (60 per cent), while their top picks for world leaders to focus attention on were education for the poor (17 per cent), poverty and terrorism (15 per cent).
The comparative survey involved 11,000 boys and girls, aged between nine and 18 years, in 14 countries from all regions across the world, including Malaysia, Brazil, Egypt, United States and India.
“The global UNICEF survey echoed findings from the Children4Change opinion conducted locally in Malaysia in terms of children’s concerns and priorities,” the statement said.