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Children need to learn life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 September, 1998, 12:00am

I refer to Gordon Lam's letter 'Less romance' (South China Morning Post, September 10). I take Mr Lam's point about the indecency of frolicking teenagers in public, but find his attitude patronising, paranoid and rather offensive.


To suggest that parents should not allow their children to date before 18 is beyond absurdity. By saying this you tacitly assert that children should be locked up and protected from the baneful influence that is commonly known as life.


Children need to learn from experience, so when they reach the age of 18 they are equipped to face the pressures of an independent life. By manacling teenagers you artificially shield them from real life.


Children are growing up faster than they ever did and exposed to the ideas of romance and sex from a very young age.


Perhaps you have a point in claiming that these students are 'too young to understand the real meaning of love', but if you think you have discovered the real meaning of love, tell the world, because you're the only one to know.


PETER SABINE Pokfulam

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