Remember to make time for family
I am writing in response to the story 'Girl falls to death while sneaking out of flat to celebrate 16th birthday' (South China Morning Post, September 27).
This tragedy should never have happened.
Hung Hoi-wai had been forbidden by her family from going out at 2am to celebrate her birthday. She died of head injuries when she fell as she tried to climb out of a window of her family's third-floor flat in To Kwa Wan.
The report said that Hoi-wa had experienced problems with her family, although counselling had helped improve their relationship.
This incident highlights the need for parents and children to communicate openly and tackle problems within their families. Close family bonds can help solve many problems.
In Hong Kong, there is a lack of communication within families. This could lead to serious consequences. This is a complex issue, but in many cases, parents are working so hard they don't have enough time to relax and be with their children.
If they are isolated, children can feel like strangers and an unhealthy relationship will develop, leading to tension and arguments.
The generation gap could also be a factor. The parents had a different education to their children, who often want to express their individualism.
Their desire for more freedom could cause conflicts with their parents and harm relationships.
Yet, as teenagers, we need to understand the pressures faced by our parents, and make an effort to sit down and talk with them.
Cheung Suet-yi, Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School
A clean swipe for charity
I believe that lots of people have experienced the problem of having no coins in their pocket when they want to buy a flag.
This problem can be solved with the electronic flag-selling programme launched by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Octopus Card. Under this scheme, HK$5 will be donated every time someone makes a purchase.
It is a creative way to sell flags which will attract people's attention and help increase donations. It is also convenient because people can donate money simply by swiping their cards.
However, we should also consider the meaning of flag-selling. Showing concern for the charity is always more important than donating money.
Stella Man Suet-ming
Good health the key to true beauty
More European fashion designers are using plus-size models in fashion shows. They advocate that bigger is more beautiful than being skinny.
It is undeniable that 'true beauty' is on the inside, but that doesn't mean girls can ignore their health. Good health also leads to true beauty.
It doesn't mean girls should have plastic surgery or wear heavy make-up. Girls and boys should watch their personal hygiene and weight. This can include washing your face with cleanser twice a day, exercising at least 20 minutes a day, and eating more vegetables. Neither a wafer-like body nor curves result in beauty. Take care from the inside out.
Mapy Man, Sun Fong Chung College
Offer incentives to attract top schools
Should the government try to attract more international schools to Hong Kong?
My answer is yes. More and more parents want to send their children to these schools. They think that these institutions offer students a better education. They cultivate an English-speaking environment which allows students to hone their communication skills. They also provide an alternative for students who do badly in mainstream schools.
Students of different nationalities and cultures attend international schools. They learn to respect other cultures while widening their horizons. This explains why many parents want to send their children to these schools despite the high fees.
I am worried that some famous institutions may decide to establish schools in other Asian cities instead of Hong Kong, if the government does not provide enough incentives for them. The government should provide land for schools in convenient locations and offer tax cuts for the first few years of operation.