PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 May, 2009, 12:00am

Co-operation and leadership

Recently, I played a war game with my friends in Cheung Sha Wan.

Before the game started, we divided up into two groups. When the game started, my team began running to find place to take cover. But because we didn't cooperate very well, before long my team was all 'killed'.

Before the next round, I decided to brief my team, telling them we needed to group together and follow my orders. As a result, we did much better in the 'war'.

The experience taught me, no matter what you do, co-operation and following orders gets results.

Fong Yau-mong, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Think twice before saying 'I love you'

Have you ever wondered what love is? I think it has many dimensions - romantic, exciting, obsessive, irrational ... but it should be about responsibility, respect and understanding.

I think teenagers today say 'I love you' too easily without really knowing what love is.

Too often, they are not thinking about those vital ingredients - responsibility, respect and understanding.

The consequences of telling someone you love them too easily can be destructive.

Think twice before saying those magic three words.

Alan Shiu, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Don't treat death as a taboo

Death is something we all have to confront one day. No one is immortal. I am not afraid of death and to me death is not taboo.

I think we Chinese are superstitious and a lot of us don't even dare to talk about death.

There may be some problems because of the superstitious beliefs.

I think this is a bad thing because if you do not talk about it you might not know how to face death and handle your emotions when beloved family member or friends pass away.

Shum Tsz-pang, Po Leung Kuk 1984 College

Parents play a role in troubled youth

Youth problems are sometimes caused by parents.

Teenagers are often accused of being overactive, rebellious or addicted to bad habits.

But sometimes parents play a role in this behaviour.

Many parents do not plan for children cautiously enough. This can cause many problems as the child grows up.

What's more, a recent rash of news about child abuse frightens me and tells me that many parents don't know how to raise their children. They only know how to inflict punishment if their children misbehave.

Inappropriate punishment can lead to long-term mental health problems and leave children with permanent damage.

I think people should think more about why certain teenagers express themselves rebelliously, drop out of school and have lifestyle problems - such as abuse of drugs.

Perhaps the answer lies at home.

Chan Po-chu