PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 April, 2008, 12:00am

Suspend classes?

Just before the Easter holidays, the government suspended classes in schools to prevent the spreading of flu.

I don't think it was necessary to cancel all the classes at once.

Although the situation looked dangerous, I believe that schools could have stayed open if proper health precautions and safeguards had been put in place to stop the disease from spreading. Students and teachers could wear masks, for example.

There are consequences when a school suddenly cancels classes. Students feel very bored when they stay home for a long time. They soon get tired of doing homework or self-study and usually end up playing computer games.

I would prefer it if the students went to school. It would be better than just staying at home doing


Sean Sung-Lai-pang, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Future thoughts

Secondary school students are mature enough to start thinking about the future.

We are the pillars of society and it is of utmost importance that we understand our role.

Should we care about politics? Is the health service a concern?

Or will we just play video games all day long?

We have to find our dreams. When we have discovered what we want to do, we can pursue it with all our energy. It won't necessarily be easy, but we won't have a chance unless we try.

My dream is to become a doctor. Through my voluntary work, I have witnessed people suffering from cancer and I have seen children who have lost their parents.

I know that we should help people who are suffering and I believe it is my duty to do so.

I have my dream, and I know how to achieve it. What about you?

Lydia Kwong Lee-ting, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Money and love

How much pocket money do you get a week?

Are you happy with what you're getting?

If you knew how hard your parents work to earn that money, you wouldn't feel disappointed.

How many times do you say 'I love you' to your parents each week?

If you said it more often, they would feel appreciated. They would be very happy.

You should always show love to your parents, even if you sometimes disagree with them.

Chan Sin-tik, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

Family problems

Asian parents generally see reclusive adolescents as a problem and rarely seek professional assistance.

However, it is important to taken action before the problem gets worse.

A young person may be unwilling to socialise with others because they have a psychological problem.

There are a number of reasons why these young people choose to stay at home.

They may be unpopular or may find it hard to communicate. It could be because they have been ridiculed.

They think that others stare at them and they feel uncomfortable.

Staying at home is the best way to avoid the stress of meeting others.

Another reason is failure at school. Academic pressure could make teenagers think that they are useless when they do poorly in exams.

They could think that doing poorly at school means they would fail in other areas of life, too. Therefore, they hide at home.

The last reason is conflict within the family.

In Hong Kong parents have to work very hard and they have little time to spend with their children.

Some young people become reclusive in an attempt to attract their parent's attention.

There are three ways to solve this problem: parents should try to communicate with their children; social workers in schools should encourage teenagers to express their feelings and talk about their problems; and the government should provide programmes to help students cope with psychological problems.

Sarah Kwong, Methodist College

Everyone is exceptional

It seems to me that everyone is special because everyone is different.

People say: I'm fat. I'm too skinny. I want to be taller, have curly hair, a smaller nose, bigger muscles, longer legs or a beautiful face.

Teenagers always put themselves down. They go to great lengths to improve their image.

However, the physical changes that are part of puberty can profoundly affect the way girls and boys feel about themselves.

Some girls feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about their body, while others wish that they would develop faster.

Girls feel under pressure to be thin while boys feel that they don't look sufficiently muscular.

Despite these pressures it's important for young people to develop a healthy sense of self-esteem.

If they have a positive and optimistic attitude, they will not look down on themselves so easily.

Body image is a matter of perception.

Young people should look at the vast differences between people around them instead of trying to conform to images on television and in magazines and movies.

Everybody has their unique features and abilities.

Don't worry too much about your appearance because everyone is special!

Shanice Kwok, Pui Ching Middle School