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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, 12:00am

Reach out to those who are alone

There are several reasons why some Hong Kong teenagers have withdrawn from social life. In serious cases, they have even stopped talking with their family.

Hikikomori - a Japanese term which refers to this trend and also individuals who isolate themselves - has been spreading in the city.

Our education system, which is too exam-oriented, could be responsible for this. Although the government stresses the importance of extra-curricular activities, studies still take priority.

Students can easily drop out of school because of poor academic results.

Without good qualifications, young people can only get low-paid jobs. So there's a good chance that they will give up and stay home.

Teenagers in Hong Kong lead a comfortable life and are not used to dealing with difficult situations.

Many of them lack problem-solving skills and don't have the courage to face challenges.

The government should encourage social organisations to reach out to isolated people and let them know that society cares about them.

There should also be training courses to boost their skills.

Young people are the future of our society, so we must stop the hikikomori trend from spreading.

Jane Or Yee-ting

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Set goals and lead a wonderful life

I'm writing in response to the letter 'Get to know yourself better, you'll find your dream' (Young Post, August 9).

It is important to set a goal, even if it takes a long time.

Also, when we grow up, dreams can affect us every day.

If we do not have a target, we will not know what kind of job we're interested in.

We must find our dream, then we can have a wonderful life. I hope everyone will be able to make their dream come true - quickly.

Choi Chun-kit

Need to unwind?

I am writing in response to the star letter 'Go hiking and then cool off with a dip in the sea' (Young Post, August 22).

I agree with the writer's views. Although I have not faced big challenges, I think if I take a dip in the sea, it will help me relax and de-stress.

Hong Kong students are very busy these days. I hope they will take part in more recreational activities.

If they feel a need to unwind, they could play a sport or go hiking, which is very good exercise.

Wong Kam-sui

TWGHs Lui Yun Choy

Memorial College

No violence please

Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho Chun-yan was attacked by thugs in a busy fast-food outlet earlier this month.

He said the attack might have been prompted by his work as a legislator or lawyer.

We must not use violence to make people change their minds.

Philip Wong

Take responsibility

I am writing in response to the story 'Dog owners admit to dumping more than one' (South China Morning Post, August 15).

I was shocked to learn that 303 people had admitted to abandoning dogs, with some of them having dumped more than one.

The owners had dumped their pets because they were not allowed to have pets where they lived, didn't like their pets anymore or if the pets fell sick, misbehaved or were too much trouble to take care of, the survey revealed.

I am an animal lover and I urge people not to abandon their pets.

Some people buy a pet on an impulse and dump the animal when they can't look after it anymore.

Keeping a pet is a long-term commitment. We cannot simply get rid of animals. They are not toys. People should learn to respect animals.

Debbie Cheung

Leung Shek Chee College

Precious experience

I'm writing in response to the letter 'Study trips help to open up mind' (Young Post, August 22).

I agree with Cherry's views. Study trips can help students improve their understanding of other countries. They can also exchange views with young people in those places and broaden their horizons.

This will lead to better co-operation between countries and reduce discrimination.

Kiki Cheng

TWGHs Lui Yun Choy Memorial College

Don't waste water

If you wished you had something valuable, what would it be?

Money? Gold?

I prefer fresh water.

This is a rare commodity for millions of people around the world.

I am upset that many Hong Kong people spend a long time taking a bath. They say it can help relieve stress.

They should not waste this important natural resource.

Juson Tong