Cartoonists can damage impressionable minds

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 June, 1998, 12:00am

Comics are very popular in Hong Kong.

Many youngsters like reading comics in their spare time. They find them enjoyable.

However, what can begin as a pastime can become addictive.

When you first read a comic book, you are fascinated by both the story and the drawings. Some cartoonists are so skilful that they can create very life-like pictures of the characters appearing in their stories.

Such comics are a bad influence. In order to make a story more absorbing cartoonists will exaggerate and distort reality.

They distort matters relating to sex and the danger here is that young people are too immature to be able to distinguish between reality and fantasy and between what is right and what is wrong.

To remedy this situation, the Government should impose stricter controls on the content of the comics available at newsstands. Parents and teachers should also keep an eye on the behaviour of youngsters and recognise the warning signs. It is up to them to help young people lead healthier lives.

Cartoonists should be made aware of how they can have a detrimental effect on young people.

They should realise that they have moral obligations to society's next generation and therefore it is important for them to exercise a measure of self-restraint.