Bullying abroad gets lost in translation
Professor Peter Smith of Goldsmith's college is due to outline some of the differences in countries' attitudes to bullying at an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development conference next week. He said: "In Japan and Korea if an older pupil does something potentially harmful to a younger person, it is often seen as legitimate - providing it is done by an older pupil.
"But in this country we would see an older person being nasty to a younger one as bullying."
Professor Smith said that other differences in bullying included the way Korean children would often gang up as a whole class to socially exclude a single pupil, a practice rarely seen in the UK.
Organisers hope the OECD conference in Norway will lead to international co-operation between bullying experts.