When is a good time to blog?
I love blogging. Whenever I feel upset or anxious, I write blogs to express my feelings. Once I felt extremely unhappy after arguing with my family, so I blogged about my thoughts. My friends read my updates and posted a lot of comments of support and comfort. Blogs are a great platform for us to share our views and emotions.
However, there are some negatives. First, blogs may become a public platform for students to gossip about their teachers and schoolmates. Some adolescents make personal attacks on blogs. This can lead to serious problems. For instance, some young people may feel very depressed and even harm themselves.
Some teenagers are addicted to blogging and spend less time on their studies. But rather than trying to discourage them from blogging, parents and teachers should give them guidance on how to use the internet wisely.
Rainy Tsang Hiu-wa, St Antonius Girls' College
Protection against hackers essential
Nowadays, hackers are the biggest threat in cyberspace. They can use their hacking skills to break through defences and destroy systems. But they are difficult to track down. Hence it is reasonable for nations to set up protection against hackers to keep their data safe.
Nations also have to consider protecting themselves against cyber attacks by rival countries. Governments and military forces depend on cyber space for their defence operations. Thus, countries may target crucial systems to weaken their enemies.
'Cyber war' can be a dangerous game.
Boyle Kay, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
Breaking the ice with foreigners
As part of a recent school project, I had a chance to talk with people from different countries.
My teammates and I were extremely nervous about interviewing foreigners, so took some time to find our 'targets'.
We asked a nice, old lady to talk to us, and she agreed. It was an inspiring moment. After the interview, we had a chat about our school and our dreams.
Later, we successfully interviewed 25 more people. Some of them even praised our spoken English. The foreigners were very nice and helpful. I am now braver than before, and willing to talk to foreigners so I can learn more.
Carol Yiu Wing-yi
Babies bring joy and hope for future
I am writing in response to the article, 'HK's rich hesitate to have babies' (SCMP, April 10). I do not agree that couples should not have babies. The benefits of having babies are two-fold.
For one thing, a baby brings new energy to the family. It must be amazing to see babies mature into teens and then to adults. It would be a joyful task to learn how to be a good mum and dad.
For another, it brings new hope to society. Having more babies helps Hong Kong. As the birth rate declines, the city's income will fall and soon it will be hard for the government to take care of the elderly. More young people are needed to take on these responsibilities and contribute by working and paying taxes. Babies are essential to make our society sustainable.
In my eyes, it is better to have two or more children. I am an only child and I often feel lonely when my parents go to work.
Sign up as an organ donor and save lives
I read the story 'Carman's legacy is the gift for six others' (SCMP, April 25). I totally agree with the idea of signing up to become an organ donor. According to the story, just 4.6 people for every million citizens donated their organs last year, down from 7.5 per million in 2009.
Many people do not know how to sign up for a donor card. To solve the problem, the government should appeal to citizens through the mass media to register as donors and explain how to do so.
In addition, some people think it is unlucky to donate their organs. They need to understand that the most important thing is to help patients who could die without an organ transplant.
Once you are 16 years old, you can sign up as an organ donor.
Natalie Shek Mei-yu, SKH Kei Hau Secondary School