PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 February, 2009, 12:00am

Teen drug use is a growing problem

I think there are several reasons why teenagers take drugs.

They face a lot of pressure from their studies, from relationships, and from their parents. They may try to use drugs to escape from these problems.

They may also face peer pressure from others who use drugs.

They may not know how to say 'no' when offered drugs.

As the incidence of drug abuse is increasing, I think the government should act.

Suitable education should be provided to warn teenagers about the dangers of drug abuse. Schools can also identify pupils who may need help.

Parents should communicate openly with their children about the issue. They also need to set a good example, as children learn from watching their parents.

Fok Pui-sheung, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Let's all dance!

Everybody seems to enjoy dancing these days. You can see people dancing everywhere.

Younger people enjoy dance routines such as hip hop. Older people prefer Latin, ballroom or ballet. Some people dance for fun, others simply to keep fit.

I enjoy dancing, especially Latin. I have been doing it for about a year now.

It's great fun, and it keeps you fit. Why don't you try it?

CoCo Ling Wing-yan

Learn to live in a stressful world

We all face a lot of stress these days, and it affects different people differently.

As students, we are under pressure to achieve good academic results.

Every day at school is as competitive as a race. All the tests, assignments and exams wear us down.

Our parents and their hopes and expectations for us add to the pressure we feel.

Our teachers and our peers also push us to do better, adding to our stress levels.

Our own expectations can be the greatest source of stress for us. We all want to get perfect results, but we are only human.

We all need to learn to handle stress, because we cannot escape it.


Don't try to get rich quick with shares

Everybody seems to be buying and selling shares these days. In supermarkets, on buses or even in toilets, it's common to hear people discussing the Hang Seng Index.

Retirees, housewives and students have bought shares without really knowing what they were doing.

Many thought that they could make a lot of money. Now, with the global financial crisis, they are learning about the risks involved in owning shares.

Share trading can be profitable, but we must see it as a long-term investment rather than speculation.

Sheera Chan

Thin does not mean beautiful

I saw a report that 85 per cent of girls aged 14 to 20 think they are fat. Furthermore, 45 per cent said they wanted to become slimmer in order to be more beautiful.

The result surprised me. Nowadays, too many adolescent girls think if they are thin, they will be beautiful.

However, they don't exercise to lose weight; rather they skip meals or take drugs. That is very unhealthy. In my opinion, a beautiful girl is not simply skinny. She also needs to be gentle and kindhearted.

But nowadays most teenagers only focus on their appearance. They spend a lot of time and money on clothes and weight-loss programmes.

We need to teach teens how to lose weight and be healthy through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Tsoi Kwan-nok