PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 December, 2009, 12:00am

Tai O deserves to be preserved

Our school recently went on a field trip to the fishing village of Tai O, which represents the old face of Hong Kong.

Apart from enjoying our trip, we learned a lot about Chinese culture, geography, economics and biology.

There is no doubt Tai O is worth visiting and the government should encourage development to attract more tourists.

But it should be careful not to ruin the traditional lifestyle and the simple characteristics of a fishing village so it develops into another Sai Kung.

People won't want to visit if it becomes just another commercial attraction. And too much development will bring pollution and disrupt the villagers' lives.

I hope the government will pay more attention to the environment of Tai O so it can be preserved for future generations.

Jamie Lee, Pooi To Middle School

Judge things on proof, not rumour

Recently a young man named Tsui Yu-hin became 'famous' on the internet when someone claimed, without proof, that he pushed his girlfriend down the stairs after learning she was pregnant.

It drew overwhelming response from netizens, who criticised him, disclosed his personal information and even set up anti-Tsui groups.

But should we believe something just because many people say so?

It is not right to criticise someone without any proof. It is not appropriate to disclose another's personal information.

A good thing about living in Hong Kong is everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Sadly this was not the case with Tsui.

Antonia Wong Hei-tung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Teen pregnancy must be tackled

Teenage pregnancy is becoming a serious problem.

The first reason for teenage pregnancy is a lack of sex education. Some schools have sex education lessons but it is only a drop in the ocean.

Schools tend to emphasise exam results and ignore the other aspects of education such as sex and morality.

Another reason for teen pregnancies is the influence of newspapers and television. There is a lot of provocative material which corrupts teenager's minds.

The government should allocate more resources to solving the problem. It could hold talks, design adverts and include better sex education in the curriculum.

Vincent Tsang Tsz-hong

Parents' support vital for children

An undercover policewoman posing as a Form Three student arrested a teenage drug dealer at a Fan Ling secondary school.

Wong Chun-kit, 17, twice sold ketamine tablets to the constable, believing her to be a schoolmate, according to news reports.

He was sentenced to 32 months in jail after pleading guilty to three counts of trafficking in the drug.

Wong's parents told the court they were both busy earning a living and did not have enough time to spend with their son, who ended up in bad company and caused trouble.

Teenagers, especially in Hong Kong, face a lot of pressure. They will easily take up illegal activities if they don't have support from friends or family.

Youngsters who are caught selling illegal drugs face a bleak future. It will be hard for them to find a job and settle down.

It is the parents' duty to look after their children. They may be very busy with their work but that's not an excuse to neglect their children.

Parents should listen to their children and solve their problems together so youngsters can take the right path and grow up to be responsible citizens.

Godfrey Lee Kin-ho, Wah Yan College, Hong Kong