PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 December, 2008, 12:00am

Shop with thought and reduce waste

I went to Sham Shui Po recently and got caught in a serious traffic jam. It was caused by all the people going to the computer exhibition in Sham Shui Po, where there were many low-priced electronic products on sale.

I wondered whether the people who were rushing to the show really needed those products. Maybe they were just buying the products because they were cheap. Many people in Hong Kong buy things because they are cheap, without considering whether or not they are needed.

This doesn't make sense and causes a lot of unnecessary waste. We should consider necessity before buying, not just the price.

Tang Wing-man, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Credit cards can be dangerous

Some students have more than one credit card. They use these cards for almost every payment.

This problem is increasingly common among teenagers and university students in Hong Kong. Some go bankrupt before they even graduate.

This is an alarming trend. Teenagers are being warned to be aware of the consequences of misusing credit cards.

Undoubtedly, credit cards are convenient. But some students do not realise that by using these cards, they are in fact spending their future earnings.

Their debt snowballs, and they become trapped.

Credit cards are sometimes seen as a symbol of wealth. This makes youngsters apply for more and more cards.

Peer pressure and the desire to be popular can also lead to problems. Offering to pay for every meal, and buying clothes for friends can be fun - until the bill arrives.

To deal with this increasingly worrying problem, teachers and parents should teach teenagers and university students about budgeting and how to spend wisely.

Most importantly, students should develop a habit of saving, so they don't need to rely on credit when they want to buy something.

A credit card itself is not an evil thing - it just depends on how we use it.

From now on, let's be more sensible about how we spend.

Deland Ng, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Let prisoners vote

Prisoners in Hong Kong do not have the right to vote.

In my opinion, they should have the right to vote because it is a basic right of every Hongkonger.

I don't think it is fair to take away this right because of past misdeeds. We can't say for sure we have never told lies or treated others badly.

We are quick to label others but easily forget our own faults.

Wong Sze-wing, CNEC Christian College

How to achieve your dreams and goals

Achieving your goals shouldn't be an ordeal. It can be fun - if you go about it in the right way.

It is not hard, physical work that brings success. Great success in fact requires mental work.

Visualisation and positive thoughts are the most important stepping stones to achieving success.

When you visualise and stay positive, you focus and channel your energies towards your goal.

By thinking in a positive manner about your goal, and not letting any doubts enter your mind, you allow yourself to see opportunities. Then you can easily find the energy to follow your goals and dreams.

Javed, California School

Schoolbooks a heavy load to bear

Hong Kong students have to carry a lot of heavy books to school. This is unhealthy and bad for their backs. The system needs to change.

Some suggest that electronic books may be the solution. They certainly have a lot of advantages.

They can include sound effects, movies and games. They are generally stored on laptops. So students only need to carry a laptop. This saves them a lot of trouble.

This practice is also environmentally friendly because no paper is used.

However, there are some problems. First, students' eyesight may suffer from staring at a computer screen for a long time.

Second, poor families cannot afford laptops.

Whether or not electronic books come into widespread use in future, I do hope that one day our bags will not be so heavy.

Francis Tse Man-chuen, NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College

Grow up, kids

Nowadays, parents look after their children very well. As a result, today's teenagers are heavily dependent on others.

In the past, children had to cook and do the housework for the whole family.

Teenagers in Hong Kong should really 'grow up' and not be so dependent. We should not rely so heavily on the labour of others.

Carmen Ng Ka-man, CNEC Christian College

Smile in the face of adversity

Life is full of frustrations. We face many difficulties as we grow up.

We may not have many toys during childhood. When we are adults, we may not have a job. When we are old, we may worry about our health.

The world may be cruel but we should not give up easily. Despite the setbacks, we should always have a big smile.

We should believe the bad times will pass soon and the future will be bright.

Stay cheerful and don't lose your sense of humour.

Life is a journey of happiness and sadness. But remember: 'Tomorrow is another day!'

So try to do better next time.

Li Po-yi, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College