Please don't keep lecturing us
Some teachers like to lecture us about good behaviour in class. I agree that may be necessary, but if teachers keep repeating the same things again and again, students may find that annoying. They may stop listening to these teachers.
Even if the teachers may have a point, they may not be able to get their message across to students.
I am not saying teachers should not make any long speeches or say things repeatedly. But at least they should know when it's the right time to do so. They should not make students feel uneasy.
That way, they can help students reflect on their behaviour and think of ways to improve.
Fung Sau-wai, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Texting is not real conversation
I read an article in Young Post about how people are forgetting how to communicate face-to-face because of text messaging.
Even though I'm not much of a texter, I still find myself more comfortable sending messages than calling. I agree that this is not good. I also don't keep eye contact with people I speak to. It's better to look a person in the eyes while talking to them because it conveys sincerity.
Chatting online is a poor substitute for quality conversation with friends or relatives. In digital conversations, you can take a long time to respond - but in real life, you can't do this.
On the bright side, digital communication does help shy people express themselves. Some words just don't come out the right way, and are best typed rather than spoken. People used to write letters when they were too afraid to say something face-to-face. Digital communication serves the same purpose, but makes things easier for us. But doing it the easy way does not always mean it's the right way.
Stanley Ngai, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School
Dangers of using computers to learn
The Education Bureau is hoping to launch an e-book scheme in Hong Kong, promoting tablet computers as tools for learning.
But we need to rethink this plan. The bureau should ask a software company to monitor students' computer use. It should block Facebook, Twitter and other sites that could be distracting or harmful.
Also, not everyone can afford to buy tablets. One of the cheapest models costs HK$3,088. The government should come up with a low-cost tablet which it can either sell to students or give away for free.
Using hi-tech products to learn is fun, but students must not abuse them.
Kelvin Yu Ka-wan, Maryknoll Fathers' School
Champion runner is a fine example
In 1981, a boy was born in Kowloon's Oi Man Estate with jaundice which affected both his hearing and balance. His mother always thought he would walk more slowly than normal, but as time went by, he proved he could outrun millions of us.
This boy is So Wa-wai, the current record holder in the 100- and 200-metre men's races at the Paralympic Games. He is a role model for Hong Kong's younger generation.
His perseverance is something that most youngsters do not have. Nowadays, children are usually spoiled by their 'helicopter parents'. As a result, if they face any difficulties, they will give up without trying. Although So had a serious illness, he did not give up. His hard work won him many medals.
Just like runners, students have a hard race as they prepare for the HKDSE exam. Their goal is winning a place at university. They could learn a lesson or two from So. Lau Ho-lun, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Show your family that you care
There are lots of traditions and customs that young people forget, such as respecting our elders. Sometimes we should surprise our parents, especially during important festivals. A bouquet of flowers or a kind word can show that we care about them.
Many teenagers do not know how to express their love for their parents because of the generation gap. This causes conflict.
Many of these teens regret missing the chance to show their love to their family or to the people around them.
Be adventurous and open your heart to love.
Apple Leung Cho-ying