Source: (2003) Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30. Downloaded 26 January 2005.

Bullying affects a substantial number of children and youth in all schools. Like many countries, bullying is an issue of growing concern to parents, teachers and social workers in Hong Kong. In general, bullying is defined as repeated oppression, physical or mental, of a less powerful person by a more powerful person or group of persons. It occurs where there is an imbalance in power between people, and it is a persistent or continued unwelcome behavior (Olweus, 1993; Rigby, 1996; Smith & Sharp, 1994). It ranges from simple teasing to violent physical acts. This paper illustrates the growing concern with bullying in Hong Kong and the possibility that it may be the precursor of general juvenile delinquency or youth violence. Apart from highlighting some recent incidences and research results of bullying in the community, this paper discusses the negative spiral effect of bullying and a restorative anti-bullying strategy for tackling the problem. Author's abstract.

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