28 JUN, 2019
Bullying cannot be ignored. This study examines the current situation of bullying and cyberbullying in Hong Kong, analyses the existing policy measures of the Government and makes references to overseas experience. It aims to outline the current anti-bullying laws and policies in Hong Kong, and to provide policy recommendations from short- to long-term on how to deal with bullying and cyberbullying among young people.
Both legislation and policy (in the form of suggestions and guidelines) are necessary for a comprehensive anti-bullying strategy. It is essential to explore the feasibility of a new legislation to specifically address bullying.
Therefore, in the short-term, the Government should set up a working group to review the status quo, identify issues and provide policy recommendations. In the medium- and long-term, the Government should hold public consultations and consider establishing a new “Anti-Bullying Law”.