Attacks against children are symptoms of an unhealthy society

A mother killed her child and then committed suicide at a flat in Taikoo Shing on January 8, 2013. Photo: SCMP

In Hong Kong, family violence and suicides are so common that their occurrence is often taken for granted. Occasionally, sensational cases, such as murder-suicides involving parents and children, manage to draw public attention to an array of social ills contributing to the tragedies. But the underlying issues are soon buried as new headlines emerge. The growing insensitivity among the public does not help to improve the situation.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 2:32am

Special-needs children need better protection

Local children with disabilities are usually better off than those in less developed countries, but they are still harassed in schools, said Maggie Koong, a council member of Unicef Hong Kong.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

Olympic swim champion teaching the kids to keep up with Jones

Olympic gold medallist Cullen Jones helps a child overcome his fear of water during a clinic in Harlem, New York. Photo: AP

In Beijing and London, US Olympian Cullen Jones was fierce in the water, bringing home gold and silver and setting a world record along the way.

26 May 2013 - 5:54am

Love at first bite: the recipe for raising young epicureans

Children learn table etiquette and cooking skills at Spark Studios, founded by Yoshiko Hariu. Photo: SCMP

Four-year-old Rico Bishop has already sampled sheep brains and Italian deep-fried rabbit spleen. What's more, he enjoyed them.

24 May 2013 - 1:12pm

Children scale new heights on Cheung Chau bun tower

Four-year-old Wong Yuen-yan scales the bun tower outside Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau island yesterday. The event allowed children to climb the metal tower to be used for this Saturday's bun-scrambling contest during the island's popular Bun Festival. The plucky little girl managed to climb to the top of the structure, which was about 18 metres high, and won the applause of onlookers. Photo: Dickson Lee

Dozens of children yesterday scaled the metal tower to be used for this week's bun-scrambling contest in Cheung Chau.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

How parents can inspire love of books among children

Author Sarah Webb reads to a child. Photo: Keith Owens

Sarah Webb, author of the popular teen-advice series Ask Amy Green, has been shortlisted twice for Britain's Queen of Teen awards and the Irish Book Awards, and her other books have won acclaim worldwide.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:37am

There's no substitute for hands-on parenting

There's no substitute for hands-on parenting

Vincy and Franco have three children, who are all doing well in school. But the couple have always found it difficult to discipline their children, and say the youngsters are increasingly out of control.

30 Apr 2013 - 10:41am

Findings on antisocial children raise red flag for parents

Dr Annis Fung Lai-chu, an assistant professor at City University's Department of Applied Social Studies.

Are we in danger of raising a generation of narcissists and spoiled brats? A new study by City University social scientist Annis Fung Lai-chu has caused alarm.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders

Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders

The fact that life extends far beyond Hong Kong pervades our home. We have a toy globe, a desk mat printed with a map of the world and framed photos from my children's visits abroad.

This global awareness hasn't stopped my elder daughter from telling her friends while I was away in the United States that her mummy had gone to Germany, or that her very British teacher is from America.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:09am

Victims of war must be humanised, too

Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard. Photo: EPA

As a parent, my heart goes out to the mother and father of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. A family photo of the vibrant, smiling young boy was prominently featured in major US newspapers and some foreign publications as well.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 5 comments

Hong Kong did right by MMR vaccine

Hong Kong's MMR immunisation rate never drops below 95 per cent. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's health authorities have insisted in the last decade that the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for young children is safe.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am

Road test: Kindyroo

Road test: Kindyroo

As the typhoon season approaches, it's important to find indoor activities for energetic toddlers. SPRING seeks to provide stimulating activities for youngsters and provide caregivers with the necessary know-how to help their development.

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am

Welfare dad Mick Philpott gets life for killing 6 children

Mick and Mairead Philpott react after the fire. Photo: AP

A British man was jailed for life and his wife and accomplice were given long prison sentences yesterday for accidentally killing six of their children in a bungled house fire plot aimed at getting custody of five other children.

5 Apr 2013 - 4:51am

Is mini MBA for 7-year-olds worth the money?

Educating and equipping children to face the future with confidence is the aim of every parent. Photo: Xinhua

Educating and equipping children to face the future with confidence is the aim of every parent. Most go to great lengths to make sure of this, and to meet the needs of such parents experts chart out different kinds of curriculums. But some courses on offer leave one a bit perplexed.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:02am

80pc of HK children do not know how to dress themselves: poll

80pc of HK children do not know how to dress themselves: poll

Nearly 80 per cent of Hong Kong children do not know how to dress themselves, and about 60 per cent of them do not know how to take a bath on their own, according to a survey released on Children's Day yesterday.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:57am