PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 February, 2009, 12:00am

Growing up brings difficult questions

'It's not important who I am. What I do defines me.'

This quote from the Batman series got me thinking about myself.

I feel very inadequate when I look at some of the people I admire. They seem to have so many good qualities.

I know I will never be as good as them. I am afraid that's a fact.

I am just ordinary person who has weaknesses and flaws.

But the little that I can be, I will learn to become.

As I grow up I start asking myself many difficult questions, but I have not yet found the answers.

Maureen Cheung, Hang Seng School of Commerce

We all compare

All people constantly compare themselves to others.

At home, for example, we compare how our parents treat us and our siblings. This can sometimes lead to jealousy and disputes.

But comparing ourselves with others can have good results too.

At school, we can be motivated by the desire to compete against our classmates.

Measuring ourselves against others is sometimes beneficial, and sometimes not.

Yip Tung-yu, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

Beware of the Octopus card

In the old days, everybody used coins for bus fare. It seems like ages ago.

Now people use the Octopus card. But I'm not sure if electronic money is really the perfect solution.

It is lighter, and smaller. It does not require any counting or changing.

The magnetic pull of this way of paying is hard to resist.

However, even though it is not a credit card, an Octopus card can make young people lose track of how much they are spending.

Children are not experienced in financial planning.

Both children and their parents should be aware of the importance of saving and spending wisely.

Schools should also teach children the topic.

William, Tin Ka Ping Secondary School (Fanling)

Choosing the right games is vital

TV games are fun, and sometimes they can teach us things too.

Most can improve co-ordination between the eyes and the hands. Some games teach languages, or skills such as how to start a business. Musical games can train rhythmic ability. Even role-playing games can teach players some history.

However, children must play games which are suitable for their age. It is not uncommon to see a junior primary pupil playing a fighting game that's more suited to someone older.

Parents should help their children choose suitable games.

Cynthia Chang, Leung Shek Chee College