PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 June, 2010, 12:00am

Give autistic children space

In recent years, the public has become far more awareness of autism. Autistic children have difficulty communicating with people, as well as relating to objects and events.

This does not mean they cannot learn to make their lives easier. But they will not if parents pamper them too much.

Parents often think they have a responsibility to do everything for these children to make their lives easier.

As a result, the children become completely dependent on their parents. They do not know how to look after themselves. Both their personal development and learning abilities will suffer.

The role of parents is paramount. They need to understand that they play the most important role in looking after and moulding their autistic children.

If they feel they are not making progress in helping their autistic child become independent, they should seek help from social workers or other professionals as early as possible.

Cherry Sin, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Cut down on waste food at school

While doing a project on food wastage at my school, I discovered some worrying facts.

The amount of food wasted in Hong Kong schools is a serious problem because most students do not finish the food in their lunchboxes. Every day, all that uneaten food simply gets thrown away.

We should be thankful we have enough food every day, and we should not be wasting it.

There are people who are suffering from malnutrition in poor countries in Africa. In some countries, many people do not even have enough food to survive.

There are many ways Hongkongers can solve the problem. One solution is that lunchbox providers come up with different sizes: small, medium and large. Students could order as much food as they need, and this could greatly reduce the amount of food wasted every day.

A more practical solution is for students to pack their own lunch, which would probably be healthier and more environmentally friendly, as well as cheaper.

It is not impossible to cut down on food wastage if we all make an effort.

Canice Chiu, Sacred Heart Canossian College

Teenage romances can lead to trouble

It's terrible when you see teenagers become completely lost over a broken romance and want to hurt themselves as a result.

I think the main reason for this phenomenon is the ignorance of the parents. The young people think no one cares or is concerned about them. They don't feel any love at home or at school, so they seek love from a member of the opposite sex.

In Hong Kong, few parents have enough time to look after their children. They often just leave them with their grandparents or a domestic helper, or send them off to tutorial classes.

Parents work long hours at the office and have to commute to and from work.

This has an adverse affect on the children. They may appear to be fine, getting good grades and so on. But that does not mean they should be neglected.

Teenagers often do not know how to deal with emotional problems. It will be even harder if their parents have not given them any experience in communicating with others.

Parents need to try and share the pain, sadness and pressure teenagers experience. Without their parents' support, teenagers are likely to feel lost and might resort to self-destructive behaviour to get attention.

When young people feel alone, they seek romantic love.

But when the romance ends or goes through hard times, it can seem like the end of the world for them. They feel like they have lost the only person who cares about and understands them.

Many problems can be solved or avoided if Hong Kong families put more effort into caring for each other.

Let's try to take care of each other - especially troubled teenagers - to prevent the tragedies that sometimes occur as a result of teenage romances.

Kammy Fung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College