PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2012, 12:00am


Parents shouldn't pay for good grades

Parents should never pay their children in exchange for good grades at school.

Some parents nowadays give money to their children when they pass their exams with flying colours. The parents see this as an effective way to encourage good behaviour.

Some of them give their children HK$5, while others give HK$100. They never think this can cause a variety of problems.

Most likely the children will get high marks, but they will do it for the money and not for the love of learning. Moreover, they might start thinking that it is the parents' duty to give them money when they do well in school.

I think the parents should stop this practice, as it will only bring adverse effects.

Lindy Pang In-yin, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Teen stars fall short as role models

There are many popular 'young models' (locally called lang mo) today, such as Angelababy, Chrissie Chau and Jeana Ho.

They differ from professional models in that they are not as tall, and usually become popular by showing off their bodies instead of the latest fashions. Many of them enter the show business, dreaming of becoming pop stars or actresses.

But they are not good role models for young girls. First, these young models send the message that fame and fortune are more important than education. Some models drop out of school because they think modelling will help them earn more money.

Second, these models lead girls to believe that they can make a good living by parading their bodies. This message is wrong. There are more important things in life than money - such as family, love and friends.

Do you remember when teen models were banned by organisers after they stole the spotlight at a book fair in 2009? That shows that there are limits to unacceptable behaviour.

I think these models, whether they know it or not, are sending harmful messages to youth.

Circle Siu, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

More focus on mental bullying

No-one deserves to be bullied, no matter if the abuse is physical or psychological.

Campus bullying happens all around the world but is usually ignored unless it leads to death or serious physical injury.

But I think the more sinister kind of bullying is the psychological kind.

Verbal humiliation brings great harm to the victim, and it is painful and long-lasting. School bullying often involves psychological harassment, such as malicious teasing or making fun of the victim.

Physical violence also causes mental harm, which can last even after the victim's physical wounds have healed.

Bullying should never be accepted as normal behaviour or treated as a minor prank. In fact, schools should enforce a zero-tolerance policy against physical and mental bullying.

Bullies should be severely punished. Schools should hold workshops to educate students on the negative consequences of bullying and teach them how to cope with bullies.

Teachers should also be trained to spot bullies and victims.

Campus bullying can lead to tragic consequences. Nobody should have the power to deprive others of happiness and no-one deserves to be bullied. Say no to bullies!

Niki Tsui Sin-chi, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Home rules to curb teens' rudeness

People keep on saying teenagers nowadays are rude. But do they stop to consider whether these teens are just echoing the behaviour of their parents?

Children mirror their parents, which is why it is important for adults to set a good example.

Parents shouldn't fight in front of their child, as it sparks hateful thoughts. In the long run, children will not have good memories of their family.

If parents always shout at or scold their child when they misbehave, chances are the children will also display aggressive behaviour towards others.

Also, I think parents should not force their children to learn things they don't like because this causes resentment. If parents do unfavourable things, their children might follow in their footsteps.

Flora Wong, Carmel Secondary School