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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 August, 2011, 12:00am

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Think twice before you post online

Recently, naughty photos of Hong Kong policewomen appeared online. These pictures show them pulling up their skirts and pointing their guns at each other. I am really shocked by this. As police officers, they should have self-discipline.

This scandal has damaged the force's reputation. I think all police officers should behave themselves, whether in public or online.

I accept that the internet is fantastic and everyone is free to enjoy it, but disciplined officers should be careful because their actions affect the force's image.

Yu Man-kuen, Pooi To Middle School

Don't fall for celebrity tutors

Susan So Pui-shan ('It's not the teachers, but the students,' Young Post, Aug 4) correctly pointed out why certain students attend tutorial classes. But this doesn't give the full picture.

Some students look down on their schoolteachers' ability. They don't know how to learn from their teachers by asking constructive questions. These students tend to be attracted by 'celebrity tutors'.

At first, they may be fascinated by these idol-like tutors and attend their courses. But when they find out that the tutors are in fact not suitable and they have just been blinded by their fame, they often quit the classes.

Tutors should not be seen as substitutes for schoolteachers. Tutoring is optional. What we need most when studying are self-determination, diligence and a thirst for knowledge. These things are taught by our teachers.

Kristy Chow Ching-yee, Leung Shek Chee College

Teens often forget about privacy

In Germany, a girl invited friends on Facebook to her birthday party but forgot to mark the event as private. More than 1,500 people she hadn't met before showed up at her home.

Teenagers nowadays lack the awareness to keep their personal information secret. They often reveal their up-to-date locations, e-mails, phone numbers and even home addresses on the internet.

I think we should stop misusing Facebook. It does help connect people. But is it necessary to post details of what we have eaten at every meal? Do we need to upload photos of everyday school life? We should capture only moments that have special meaning.

Chloe Ng, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Test for drugs in all secondary schools

Drug abuse among the young in Hong Kong has long been a headache. In a drug-testing scheme implemented in 23 schools in Tai Po, a total of 1,975 students took the test, but none tested positive.

However, more and more youths are travelling to the mainland for party drugs. They tend to abuse drugs like the anaesthetic ketamine.

Drug abuse is a social problem that everyone should be concerned about, especially parents and teachers. Extending the voluntary drug-testing scheme will help prevent teenagers from using drugs. It can also help identify young drug addicts so we can help them.

A survey carried out in 2008-09 showed a sharp increase in the number of young drug takers compared with four years earlier.

It's almost impossible for a school to claim that none of its students take drugs. Such cases even happen at prestigious schools.

If the voluntary drug-testing scheme is not extended to all secondary schools in Hong Kong, the problem of young drug addicts will get only worse. This problem will grow more quickly than we expect.

Kwan Chui-yee, Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Retirement should be a choice

In response to 'Mandatory retirement age is unjust' (Young Post, July 21), I think the government should not set any fixed retirement age. Some people want to quit their jobs in their early 50s to enjoy early retirement. They are still fit enough to travel the world at this age. Other people want to keep working into their 60s, for different reasons. Some of them are poor and still have to earn a living. Others want to pass their valuable experience on to their colleagues.

Some elderly people remain active and sprightly, and they are storehouses of knowledge. If the government forces them to retire at 60, it is wasting a valuable resource.

Brayden Hou Wing-hin, SKH St James' Primary School