PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 August, 2010, 12:00am

Teenagers not the only ones to blame

Many people say the media is responsible for the deterioration of teenagers' moral standards. I believe this opinion is biased and is unfair.

There have always been black sheep in society - be they young or old. Why is the public criticising only teens?

I think parents should bear responsibility for their children. As a teenager, I know what youngsters need when they are frustrated - encouragement and praise. But in Chinese society, parents do not usually express their feelings to their children.

What we want is respect, not just material things. Communication is important, and parents need to show us that they care.

Ada Leung Ka-ying, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Students must speak up or be left out

I have taken part in leadership camps three times, either as a prefect or head prefect.

Before, I seldom expressed my views because I did not like to share my opinions. It was an area I should improve upon, my teammates suggested.

This time, as leader of my team, I had to take the initiative and express my views. But I was disappointed because my teammates were so passive. They never responded.

Many students are afraid to speak in front of others. But society does not want people without a viewpoint. Say what you think - it's important to express yourself.

Wong On-wai

Helping hand for young jobseekers

In such difficult times, youngsters may not be mature enough to handle the pressure of being unemployed for a long time.

They might feel negative about themselves and their contribution to society. Such distress can lead to bigger social problems. The government should take action to boost the economy. It should provide funding to companies to encourage them to hire staff.

Businesses should come up with innovative ways to increase productivity. They should not focus only on profits - they should also think about future development.

Finally, young jobseekers should develop a strong character and learn to overcome barriers as they pursue their career. They should not give up when faced with difficulties. They should be determined to achieve what they want.

There is always a place for those who are willing to contribute to the community.

Grace Wong, Shung Tak Catholic English College

We should protect the 'shining cats'

Red pandas are being hunted on the mainland for their highly valued bushy tails. Their fur is used for making hats. It is also used in cultural ceremonies and lavish weddings.

The clearing of forests has also greatly reduced their population. The animal is classified as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list.

Some of you may not be familiar with the red panda. Its scientific name is Ailurus Fulgens which means 'shining cat'.

It is a mammal and feeds mostly on bamboo, like the giant panda. When the weather is warm, it also eats insects and fruit. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat and has a lifespan of about 12 to 14 years.

Red pandas are found in Asia and their estimated population figures in the wild range from 2,500 to 20,000. Their biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss.

We need to make sure these animals have a better living environment. We need to protect them and let them shine.

Chan Po-yi

Handy advice

Students with poor handwriting are likely to lose marks in exams. My teachers have advised me to improve my handwriting. They told me even if my ideas are good, I won't score high marks if teachers cannot read my writing.

I agree that neat handwriting gives a good impression. But when I'm under pressure, I find it hard to write clearly. But I will still try my best to improve my handwriting.

Crystal Leung Hiu-ying, Leung Shek Chee College