PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 January, 2010, 12:00am

Spying will destroy trust in families

I recently read a South China Morning Post report that parents are hiring private detectives to spy on their children. I find this is alarming and entirely unnecessary. It tells children their parents don't trust them.

However, it also shows how desperate the parents are. I believe they only consider hiring a detective because they genuinely love and care for their children.

Although the parents clearly don't want their children to get hurt, this should only be considered as a last resort.

According to the article, it can cost parents as much as HK$3,000 to hire a detective. This is a waste of money, not least because there are other ways to find out if their children are taking drugs.

Parents should first make sure they are communicating effectively with their children. They should spend quality time together and build a solid foundation of trust.

Coco Ma Hiu-lam, St Paul's Co-educational College

Teaching is difficult but meaningful

When I agreed to show one of my friends how to play the flute, I discovered how hard teaching is.

I found it difficult to explain how to use 'qi' correctly, and where she should place her lips on the mouthpiece.

Although it wasn't easy, and I only did it for one day, I found educating others to be a meaningful thing to do. When you're teaching others, you will remind yourself of what you learned and also that there are a lot of things that you still don't understand.

Leung Yuen-shan, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Update laws to protect children

No one can deny children are the future of our world. As such, we need to protect them and make sure they never suffer from any brutality.

Unfortunately, some parents seem to believe exactly the opposite.

Not only do they leave their children alone at home, they also beat them up.

We hear about heartbreaking cases - a baby is found with a fractured arm, and two children, searching for food, are discovered climbing a pipe on the outside of a building.

These, and all the other incidents, show we need to do more to protect our 'treasures'.

So I believe the government is right to review the ordinances about child abuse. They need to be brought up-to-date to help control this situation.

Tracy Au Chui-yee, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

No need to force unhappy villagers

Last year the Chief Executive authorised the building of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

This year, the residents of Tsoi Yuen Tsuen will have to move out, and their homes will be destroyed, to make way for the railway.

Many villagers are very unhappy with this, as Tsoi Yuen Tsuen is their home and their families have lived there for generations.

The new railway is a huge project, and it can help improve the relationship between China and Hong Kong. But I think the Tsoi Yuen residents are right, and it shouldn't be built.

Although the railway would cut journey times between Hong Kong and Guangzhou to 45 minutes, the scheme will cost the government HK$66.9 billion. This is a huge sum of money.

But even if it has to be built, why does the government need to destroy Tsoi Yuen Tsuen? There are uninhabited areas around the village which could be used instead.

The government seems to only focus on the money involved, not the residents' reasons for protesting against this scheme. I think the government should at least listen to the villagers and find another location.

Then the residents could continue to live in Tsoi Yuen Tsuen, and the government could save the money it would otherwise have to pay in compensation.

Chan Tsz-ying, Our Lady of the Rosary College