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  • Sep 16, 2014
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Corporal Punishment in the Home

Corporal punishment kills creativity

Many traditional Chinese families use corporal punishment to teach their children. They believe that once the pain is over, the lesson will be engraved on the child's mind and the mistake will not be repeated. It's an easy way of 'teaching' children right from wrong.

Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am


Communication skills can be useful

Communication is important. With better skills, we can communicate more easily. This can help with our school work.

Students have lots of presentations and oral tests, so communication skills can get us higher marks. Such skills can also increase students' confidence.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Government must help people scarred by childhood trauma

I strongly agree with C. Gaia ('Physical and verbal child abuse knows no social boundaries', March 11) that we must stop child abuse in all forms - physical, verbal or emotional - if we are to tackle family violence at its root.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Physical and verbal child abuse knows no social boundaries

Domestic violence where children are the victims is becoming a cause for concern. There are cases of such child abuse, even in prosperous countries.

11 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Have Your Say

Forget the past, think about the future

If you always yearn for past happiness, you will miss out on a lot of things.

Since you will be constantly thinking about the bygone days, your mind will be closed to the joy at hand.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Parental discipline

How we treat one another reveals how responsible our society is. Children are as much a part of the community as adults yet, in many parts of the world - Hong Kong included - they are generally subjected to physical force if they step out of line. This is despite such punishment being frowned upon in schools and the judicial system in the developed world.

18 May 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Monday was global SpankOut Day. Against Child Abuse director Priscilla Lui Tsang Sun-kai recalls a painful lesson she learnt as a child and argues that Hong Kong needs a law against corporal punishment.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am


Q Are students' complaints against teachers taken seriously enough?

As a mother of three I read with interest and amazement the articles regarding teachers using verbal discipline and the case of the 11-year-old kept forced to sit alone at recess as punishment.

27 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Honest Blair takes a beating

I have to admit it, I'm embarrassed at losing my temper. My kids burst in on a business phone call one evening this week and started to fight. You don't say to someone who doesn't particularly want to talk anyway 'hold on a minute while I sort out my daughters' problems'.

So I persevered with the phone call all the while waving at the two to stop. They didn't.

8 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Hiding to Nothing

THE sickening crack of dad's belt; the snap of mum's wooden spoon across the back of your thigh. Being naughty, being punished - childhood memories.

Now, in most parts of the civilised world, corporal punishment is out, and non-punitive discipline is seen as the only way to make the children of the '90s see the error of their ways.

31 Oct 1993 - 12:00am