VietNamNet Bridge – The rapid spread of the Internet and mobile phones have revolutionised the way young people access information, but it has also brought a real risk of online abuse for children in Viet Nam and globally. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), one in three Internet users in the world is a child. The latest statistics updated by internetlivestats.com shows that Viet Nam ranks 13th among countries having the highest Internet users level with more than 49 million Internet users, 52 per cent of the whole population. Many of them are children under the age of 18. Viet Nam News reporters Thu Trang and Khanh Duong talk to youth experts and parents about how to protect children using the Internet on the occasion of Viet Nam’s Action Month for Children (June). What potential dangers could children face online? Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children Online abuse through … [Read more...] about Protecting Vietnamese children from online abuse
When bullying goes wrong
Viet Nam News The rapid spread of the Internet and mobile phones have revolutionised the way young people access information, but it has also brought a real risk of online abuse for children in Việt Nam and globally. According to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one in three Internet users in the world is a child. The latest statistics updated by internetlivestats.com shows that Việt Nam ranks 13th among countries having the highest Internet users level with more than 49 million Internet users, 52 per cent of the whole population. Many of them are children under the age of 18. Việt Nam News reporters Thu Trang and Khánh Dương talk to youth experts and parents about how to protect children using the Internet on the occasion of Việt Nam's Action Month for Children (June). What potential dangers could children face online? Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children Online abuse through the Internet, mobile … [Read more...] about Protecting VN children from online abuse
VietNamNet Bridge – Watching children grow up and learn new things in life brings great happiness to every parent. Life-saver: The special shirts have helped to alleviate Minh’s father’s fears about him -- kenh14.vn photo However, the joy experienced by so many parents is a source of heartbreak for 63-year-old Nguyen Van Binh because his son’s mind has not developed normally over the years. He has been deeply hurt many times upon seeing the boy, who has an intellectual disability, come home with bruises or injuries on his body after being beaten by others. The great love of the old father for his son, Nguyen Binh Minh, now 26 years old, has led him to come up with an idea to protect him: writing his phone number and the line "Please do not beat" on his shirt. On the busy Truong Chinh Street in Ha Noi last month, Minh, caught the attention of every passerby with his strange shirt. Despite his mature build, Minh’s manner is just like that of a … [Read more...] about ’Please do not beat’: a loving father’s plea
PANO – Recently, the Xinhuanet has run an article by Cheng Yunjie with an odd title that “Why is the lion China harmless to the world?”. French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte said more than 2 centuries ago that “China is a sleeping lion and when she wakes up, the world will shake”. A Chinese vessel firing water cannon at Vietnamese ship in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf Lately, a Chinese leader has cited what Napoléon had said, saying that “the lion China has already awakened, but this is a peaceful, pleasant and civilised lion”. The article on the Xinhuanet goes around the bush. Above all, it wants to vindicate that though China has awaken, it is harmless. And that it is a prejudice that the world has heightened vigilance over China. Acting as a neglected victim, the author groaned that when China was poor, it was dubbed “the sick man of East Asia”; when China has become the world’ … [Read more...] about Which lion China is?
Vice President of the Vietnam Bar Federation Truong Trong Nghia has suggested Vietnam should not take up its legal struggle against China alone; instead it needs to take advantage of international support to ensure justice is on its side, according to radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV). Lawyer Nghia, who is a National Assembly deputy, gave the advice when being asked about the possibility of Vietnam using legal action against China’s illegal positioning of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. He granted an interview to press at the current National Assembly session. * Is it possible to bring China to the International Arbitration Court? It is certain that China’s claim of sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and its unilateral deployment of the giant floating rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 is a wrongful act. The archipelago belongs to Vietnam. China’s use of force to take control of Hoang Sa is illegal and never recognised … [Read more...] about Vietnam needs int’l support in lawsuit against China
Angelina Jolie, in taking her first major acting role in years, wanted something "crazy and silly" to counter the more serious parts of her life and her idea of fun was to play a baddie who looks pretty darn scary to children. is a villain, and one of Disney's most popular since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty," in which she casts an evil spell on the princess. The modern reimagining of that fairytale in "Maleficent" allows Jolie to show the hurt that sparked her character's evil side and how she overcomes it. It may be dark at times - "the darkest Disney will go" says Jolie - but kids and adults will get laughs from its wicked humor, an uplifting tale of justice and a new cinematic heroine with a gothic twist. "There are people today, especially kids, that have been bullied and felt like they are outsiders or felt different," said Jolie of her character, who sports black horns and sharp cheekbones. "And I loved that this goes in … [Read more...] about Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’
Moral values endangered The Saigon Times Daily By Son Nguyen in HCMC The ripple waves sent to the society from a video clip showing the fighting between a teacher and two eleventh-graders in Binh Dinh Province last month are widespread and shocking. To many viewers, the scene therein is unthinkable, not simply because of the barbarous acts of those involved, but rather the collapse of certain moral values that have been upheld in the country for many decades. The relationship between teachers and students is yet to be severed, but the incident indicates many social bonds are at stake, according to local media. The incident took place on January 20 at a high school in Binh Dinh Province. As shown in the video clip, the teacher, who is later known as 23-year-old Tran Anh Tuan, slaps a boy student five times in the face. Another student seems to react to the assault, and he himself is called up by the teacher, who then also slaps him in the face. The anger spills over, as the two … [Read more...] about Moral values endangered
They are arguably the two best strikers of the Premier League season so far and on Sunday they go head to head at Old Trafford. So who is the better out of Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie? The only way to decide is to break down their strengths and deliver a final verdict. They are different players but they are both goalscorers who I would have loved to have played against. No 1... right now: Robin van Persie poses with his player of the month award for December Ready to roll: Luis Suarez is put through his paces at Liverpool's training on Friday Suarez scores against Norwich... Van Persie scores against Chelsea Suarez scores against Chelsea... Van Persie scores against Southampton FINISHING Van Persie is as good as you get. In his early seasons at Arsenal, he had to shoot on his left foot. Since last season he has trusted his right foot, too and defenders can't read him. He rarely misses a chance. Suarez is not as reliable in front of goal and can … [Read more...] about The two best strikers in the league go head to head but who will come out on top… super Suarez or powerhouse Van Persie?
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers about their opinion on the story of a man who got beaten up for stopping at a red light. This was an extreme example of a nationwide issue – people run red lights often, even honking at other drivers to make way for them. Here are some of your comments. Marty Phillip Hoare, Australian, Ha Noi This is just another case of rude, ignorant, selfish road users. The same thing happened to me and my daughter very recently, but it ended quite differently as the driver trying to force me through a red light received a painful reminder not to bully other road users, and this was in full view of the traffic police, who did absolutely nothing. Road users in Viet Nam are some of the worst I have seen anywhere in the world. I may be completely wrong but I put this down to the "me me me" society Viet Nam has rapidly become. These behaviours are also witnessed when queuing, waiting for an elevator, parking, pushing and shoving as opposed to waiting … [Read more...] about Selfish drivers need a lesson on following the traffic rules
VietNamNet Bridge – Two Vietnamese and 21 foreign films will be screened at Vietnam’s cinemas this month, including the Hollywood blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes. Spider-Man: Homecoming Release date: 7/7 Director: Jon Watts Cast: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers Genre: Action, Fantasy Running time: 134 minutes Language: English with Vietnamese subtitles A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). … [Read more...] about 23 movies to be released in Vietnam this July