PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am

Challenges ahead for Li's children

Former actress Isabella Leong and businessman Richard Li have split, saying they will share custody of their three sons.

The boys need the care of both mother and father. Although their parents have a lot of money, what they need is love. There is the danger the boys may grow apart from their father or mother because they won't always be with them.

Their self-confidence may suffer and being in the media spotlight could make them uncomfortable.

The breakup will certainly affect the children's lives. They must learn to accept the change and be independent. Here's hoping they can grow up healthy and happy.

Wylie Lai, Leung Shek Chee College

Football needs more attention in China

I like to watch Major League football from the US. It is so exciting.

But I always wonder why sports leagues are successful in the West but not in China. Even Japan and South Korea have their own successful major leagues.

I think this might be because of how people look at sport. In the West, people are very passionate and will support their team no matter whether they win or lose.

They enjoy the fun and the excitement.

Many kids in the West dream of being a professional athlete when they grow up. Their parents encourage them to play different sports. This is better than them playing video games at home.

Meanwhile, Chinese parents are over-protective and seldom let their children play sports. They are afraid it will affect their study and that they might get injured.

They may allow their child to play sport, but only one kind, and then they will force their children to train harder to be the best. This means sport is not fun but a task and they will eventually dislike it.

Another difference is that the Chinese love gambling on sport and that's the only reason they watch it. But the result is less important to Western people. Their team might lose but they will still be happy they watched the match.

I think that is why China will never have a successful major league.

Rocky Yeung Lok-tin, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Speaking of confidence ...

The Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech is deeply touching and entertaining. It is also educational.

The movie tells how Britain's King George VI overcame his stuttering problem. The stuttering made it very difficult for him to speak in public.

He tried many different therapies but did not make progress until his wife found Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist.

After the first session George thought it was a waste of time. But he changed his mind after listening to a recording of his speech made by Logue. The therapy finally worked and the king and Logue became good friends.

I learned a lot from the film. It's essential to build up confidence when doing anything. King George VI gained in confidence after realising he could speak as fluently as other people.

People who lack confidence find it difficult to succeed. We shouldn't be too critical of ourselves but set goals we have a chance of achieving.

Ella Wong

Slaves to the machine

I am constantly struggling with being distracted when working and putting off what I have to do.

When I have to use the internet to study I always tell myself that I will go straight to what I am looking for without browsing any other websites. But it is easier said than done. One click on a link easily leads to another and I am then further from my original path.

After reading an article about overcoming addiction to new information, I am determined to shield myself against the distraction and take the writer's advice.

Technology is meant to enhance our work and lives. We should learn how to make good use of it and harness its benefits.

I have decided to take my laptop out of my room and use it only when necessary.

Technology is developing so quickly that it will take over our lives before we know it. The best thing to do is to be master of your mind.

Technology is a loyal and obedient helper, but it is undoubtedly a bad master.

Wong Ka-ying, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College