The voice of younger folks Firm

Hanoi (VNA) – After a long period of online education, many students have reported anxiety and are sometimes overwhelmed by pressure. Education professionals insist on the importance of a place where young people can share and relax.





High school students return to school after a long period of online learning.Photo: NDT / CVN

In mid-May at Giang Vo High School in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi Central Council of the Ho Chi Minh Organization of Young Pioneers and Newspapers Tien Phong (Pioneer) worked with the Hanoi Education and Training Department to organize a forum called “Điều em muốn nói” (What I mean).

During this event, in addition to reflections on exam stress or “shock” from returning to full-time teaching after a long period of distance learning, most students expressed feelings specific to Generation Z (Gen Z), their discomfort in the face of pressure, or sometimes parents who do not understand or they try to protect them excessively. Gene Z is a term used to describe people born between 1997 and 2012.

Thoughts of Gen Z

There are times when my parents care about me, but their constant attention is unpleasant and stressful for me.“, Shared Trân Minh Tâm, at 9e class (ie 3e) at Giang Vo High School.

My parents are very busy. So we don’t have many opportunities to chat or spend time together. Sometimes I feel sad and depressed, I don’t know who to trust. When I get bad grades and tell my parents, their only answer is that I should learn more without really caring about my feelings. So I confide in my friends, who advise me as much as my parents and push me to focus more on studying.“, Shared Nhât Lâm, at 8e class (ie 4e) at Giang Vo High School.

He adds: “At the age of Generation Z, parents do not understand their children, their hobbies, or even their interests. I would like my parents to talk to me more, to listen to my feelings and wishes“.





A word for young hinh anh 2

Students are encouraged to participate in group activities to overcome their anxiety.Photo: VNA / CVN

According to Vu Kim Nga, consultant for the National Child Protection Hotline 111, the children’s ward (under the Ministry of Labor, War Disability and Social Affairs), during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, many children called us to tell us about their problems, especially to tell us about their stress, fatigue or even depression they are experiencing. This situation is exacerbated by university and high school students.

You need a “Safe harbor”

Lê Thi Thao, another 111 line consultant, states that during the online learning period, the number of mental health call calls among children aged 11-14 increased 1.5 times compared to the period before COVID. Most of them shared their concerns with their parents, especially the pressure of the exams. The number of calls has dropped significantly since the children returned to school.

The consultant thinks that there should be forums for sharing, meetings and exchanges, especially for 9th grade studentse class (ie 3e) and 6e class (6e) because there are many physiological changes in these age groups.

According to her, it is necessary to set up psychological counseling centers in all schools, especially in public schools, as well as to train children’s psychology teachers in order to quickly detect students’ problems and help them solve them.

Writer Hoàng Anh Tú said that students today face a lot of pressure between school results, exams, parents’ expectations … Let us not forget to mention the negative impact of social networks. “Obviously, students really need + a haven of peace + to be able to trust and break their hearts“, he added.

According to D.r. Pham Manh Hà of the University of Education (part of the National University of Hanoi), a characteristic of this Generation Z is that they spend a lot of time in front of screens, whether it’s phones, computers or tablets, so it is extraordinarily connected to the world through social networks, even in the wrong.

Children at this age are also more involved and pampered by their parents, but spend less time interacting with other children. At school, they are under pressure because of the results, especially the exams. Conflicts between schoolchildren are also likely to develop or even degenerate into school violence. These minors sometimes even have access to exciting substances such as alcohol or tobacco …lamented. When teachers see that their students are showing signs of depression, they need to talk to them quickly, listen to them, encourage them on the go, and involve them in group activities. They can also discuss with their parents and ask for the support of a psychologist“.-CVN / VNA

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