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Vietnamese parents show off children’s achievements

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The 2017-2018 academic year has just finished and it’s time for Vietnamese parents to show off their children’s learning achievements by posting credits on social networks.

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The 2017-2018 academic year has just finished


Experts say this is an “unwise behavior”.

Bui Thu Thuy had a successful academic year: her GPA is 9.2 and she has been awarded the title of ‘excellent student’. But she is not happy, even though she has received congratulations from her grandfather, uncles and mother’s colleagues.

Thuy’s mother showed Thuy’s marks on Facebook and wrote that she was proud of her daughter. This caused Huong, a close friend of Thuy, to feel sad, because Huong is not an excellent student like Thuy.

Finally, Thuy persuaded her mother to pull the image on Facebook, because she doesn’t want to hurt her close friend.

Nguyen Thi Nga, deputy head of the Children Protection Agency under the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), said that showing off children’s achievements is not wise behavior.

“When parents show off their children’s achievements, they hurt other students and other children’s parents,” Nga said.

While some parents are happy about the achievements, other parents could feel angry because of their children’s record and scold them. As a result, students will feel discouraged and become tired of learning.

The agency has launched the program ‘Think Before You Share’, which advises parents to think carefully before taking actions which may affect children’s feelings.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Dao Trung Hieu, a criminologist at the Ministry of Public Security, warned that the action of posting information and images of children on social networks may bring serious consequences.

“Criminals, after seeing the images and reading the information, may commit crimes, such as kidnapping or abusing children,” he warned.

“We have the right to take pride in our children’s learning achievements. But we need to be cautious when exposing information on social networks to ensure safety for children,” he said.

Vu Thu Huong from the Hanoi University of Education said the regulation that prohibits parents from publicizing students’ transcripts without their consent will help stop the ‘achievement disease’ that many parents have.

The Children’s Law, which took effect on June 1, 2017, stipulates that parents have to consult with children seven years old or more before exposing information about their personal life.

Huong warned that when showing off children’s achievements, parents put pressure on them. Children think they will have to gain high achievements in the future to satisfy their parents. What will happen if they cannot do this?



Source: VietNamNet

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