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Stay alert to ward off hackers
Internet technology has advanced so rapidly that we can get any information at the click of a mouse.
Criminals have taken advantage of this hi-tech era to hack into people's internet accounts and even steal money from them.
To solve this problem, the mainland police have set up a new department called 'The Internet Agent'.
These officers have a good understanding of information technology so they can deal with hackers.
Despite the protection provided by the police, people should stay alert to deter hackers.
Philip Wong Ka-chun
Students should not buy luxury items
Some students bring brand-name bags and other accessories to school.
They also wear expensive clothes to show off to their friends.
We should not follow this trend.
Many students use their parents' money to buy costly gadgets and clothes.
Parents love their children so they don't want to disappoint them. The children, in turn, waste their parents' hard-earned money.
I believe students should not buy luxury items because they are not earning any money.
They must cultivate a responsible attitude and grow up to become good citizens.
Pooi To Middle School
Say no to drugs
The number of young Hongkongers taking party drugs is rising.
This is a dangerous trend which poses serious health hazards.
Drugs will damage the users' central nervous systems and they can easily overdose.
Also, people who take drugs find it hard to kick the habit.
They will be unable to hold on to a job, and without money, they may resort to illegal activities to buy drugs.
This could land them in jail.
Drug addiction can lead to serious social problems. The government should launch education campaigns to keep teenagers away from drugs. Social workers can help prevent at-risk youth from being led astray.
Teachers, too, have a responsibility to point out the dangers of drug use to their students.
Let's work hard to stamp out drugs from society.
Confidence gives you motivation to succeed
If you truly believe you can do something, you will most probably succeed. Confidence is very important for success.
Confidence goes hand in hand with courage.
And it is such a wonderful thing that even miracles can happen.
Confidence will give you the motivation to tackle difficulties in your life.
Trust yourself and be a confident person.
Leung Shek Chee College
Don't rely on others
When I was a child, my dream was to be Cinderella. She was a princess who was saved by a handsome prince.
Many girls may want to be Cinderella, but it is only a fairy tale.
In reality, things are very different. If we want to succeed, we must work hard and cannot rely on others, like Cinderella did.
So starting from today, strive for success by yourself.
Maggie Wong Hoi-lam
Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College
Skating still a joy despite bad dream
I like ice skating very much, despite a bad dream I had recently.
I felt very tired after an ice skating session and I went to sleep.
I dreamed that I was in a rink, very happy and excited at the prospect of getting on the ice.
As I moved into the crowded rink, I stumbled and fell on the ground.
To make matters worse, a skating shoe went over my fingers.
There was blood on the floor and I started crying uncontrollably, thinking that I had lost my fingers to the shoe's razor-sharp blades.
Suddenly I felt someone was shaking me. When I woke up, I saw my mother sitting near me.
I also realised that there were tears on my face.
I still enjoy ice skating, but I will be more careful now.
Service charge hard to stomach
Have you encountered rude waiters? They ruin your meal.
The service is becoming worse in many local restaurants. People have to wait for a long time and the waiters are sloppy.
You have to raise your hand to find a waiter and give your order.
But in the past, it was the waiter who came to you and asked what you would like to have.
It is ridiculous that you are charged an extra 10 per cent for the service. What is the point of giving this additional amount when you are not satisfied with the service?
Waiters should be more polite and enthusiastic about their work.
St Mark's School
Enjoy the game
Many teenagers enjoy studying, but they hate tests and exams.
Are exams so terrible? I don't think so. They can be a useful tool to test students' knowledge.
If we don't have exams, we won't try our best to remember the things we have learned.
We should regard studies as a kind of entertainment.
If we think of it as a game, we will enjoy it.
We can have fun, while the most important thing is enhancing our knowledge. Don't forget that knowledge can change your life!
Learn to love nature from a young age
I recently read a newspaper report about the waste generated by Hong Kong people last year.
I was really surprised to learn that leftover food could fill up about 210 football fields.
I now realise that Hong Kong is facing a major environmental problem.
The solution should start with education.
Teachers should encourage students to appreciate what they have and promote a love of nature. This way, they will grow up with an awareness of the importance of environmental protection.
Nature is for everyone so we should protect it together.
St Stephen's College Preparatory School
A few days ago, someone asked me: 'What is life?'
I don't know the answer, but the question made me think about life.
I always believed that we had to look for happiness. So I needed to be happy all the time in order to make others happy. But this is not possible.
I have come to a conclusion - life can be beautiful or ugly, colourful or colourless - it all depends on your thinking. You will be happier if you can find out the colours of your life.
Zoey Chan Long-dung
Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School