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Social mobility and wellbeing
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Three strategies to tackle bullying among the elderly

Bullying among students has always been a matter of public concern, however, bullying may happen among seniors too. In Hong Kong, there have been a number of incidents that elderly home residents attacked their fellow residents in recent years. Why do elders who are supposed to be mature at their age bully their peers? Is there any way to prevent and handle bullying among the elderly?

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Medicine and healthcare
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Should HPV vaccine be offered to boys?

Starting from this academic year, eligible female primary school students of suitable ages will be provided with human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP) to prevent cervical cancer. In Britain, free HPV vaccination which is currently offered to girls aged 12 to 13 years will even be extended to cover boys of the same ages since this September. What are the considerations for such a policy change?

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Leisure, culture and arts
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Subscription fatigue: A hurdle facing the booming subscription economy?

A growing number of businesses has switched to a subscription model, providing products or services to consumers in the form of charging regularly, instead of one-time transactions. However, some subscription model markets like video streaming services have been fragmented, causing consumers to be frustrated by thousands of choices and even suffer from ‘subscription fatigue’. What is ‘subscription fatigue’? Is there any way to combat it?

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Education and human resources
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British porn firewall experiment: A lesson for Hong Kong?

The rapid advancement of internet technologies has sparked worries among parents that their children may access adult content easily, giving them a false idea about sex in real life. The UK Government plans to introduce a mandatory age verification scheme to keep online pornography away from adolescents, yet the scheme has been severely criticised by others. What can Hong Kong learn from overseas experiences?

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Social mobility and wellbeing
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The midlife crisis among ‘hikikomori’

‘Hikikomori’ is often associated with lazy and introverted young people who stay at home and play video games all day. However, many ‘hikikomori’ in Japan are middle-aged who have not only withdrawn socially but also relied on their ageing parents financially. What are the challenges facing the society when middle-aged ‘hikikomori’ becomes more common? Does Hong Kong encounter similar problems?

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