PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 March, 2010, 12:00am

Do something about social problems

I am writing to express my concern about the recent family tragedies that took place in the city. The incidents have put family harmony under the spotlight. Such tragedies could have been prevented with intervention.

Some of the families involved had financial problems. It was difficult for the parents to take care of their children and earn a living at the same time. Unable to handle the pressure, they resorted to violence.

There are a great number of parents facing similar problems in Hong Kong, but there are lots of things that the government can do to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening.

It could increase subsidies for low-income families to lessen their financial burden, and train more social workers to handle family problems. It could also provide other kinds of support to low-income families.

As caring neighbours and responsible citizens, we should all lend a helping hand to families in need.

Heidi Fung, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Be grateful to family and friends

We should all count our blessings and be grateful. First of all, we should thank our families for the love and support they give us. We can focus on our studies without worrying about other things.

In addition, we should thank our friends for listening to us and being there for us when we need them. With their companionship, our sorrows can be halved and our happiness doubled.

I would also like to give thank the government for giving us 12 years of compulsory education so we can go to school. We can acquire knowledge without paying too much. We also become more competitive and can make a better living with an education.

Finally, we should thank all the people around us. Although we are young, there's still a lot we can do. Never underestimate the power of your actions. A card, a hug or even a smile can go a long way. Such small gestures can touch people and make them very happy.

Siu Mung-ting, Chinese YMCA Secondary School

Start leading a healthy lifestyle

We should all learn to lead a healthy lifestyle. Firstly, I wake up early every day because I would feel very tired if I woke up late. I also go to bed early. It is very important to get enough sleep. I perform better if I have enough rest.

Secondly, I don't often take snacks or soft drinks. They contain a lot of sugar and salt, trans-fat and artificial ingredients. All these could lead to health problems such as obesity and heart disease.

Thirdly, I exercise regularly. I love playing basketball. It's good for your physical and mental health. It makes my body stronger and more agile. I also make a lot of new friends playing basketball.

Last but not least, I always try to be happy and upbeat. It is very important to do that. If you are always unhappy, your well-being will suffer even if you lead a healthy lifestyle.

Kelvin Li Man-hon, Yuen Long Merchants' Association Secondary School

The perfect daily companion

A diary is like a friend. Whenever we are happy or sad, we can write our diary and express our feelings. But with the advancement of technology, people are giving up the habit of writing a diary. They resort to Facebook and blogs. I think it's helpful in many ways to keep a diary. We can practise our writing skills and vent our emotions. And one day when we are older, we can read our diaries and all the good old memories will come back to us.

When we write on our blogs or communicate on the internet, we use a lot of abbreviations, which weakens our English skills. Moreover, it's dangerous to reveal our true feelings on the internet as you don't know who's out there.

I wonder if other readers agree with me.

Jessica Mak, Pooi To Middle School