Joy ride veers into dangerous territory
About a month ago the parent of a two-year-old child was convicted of dangerous driving for letting his toddler steer his car.
The parent wanted to give the child a memorable experience.
I am sure parents always think of their children but dangerous driving can cause death. Therefore, it is necessary to punish offenders severely, as an example to others.
Parents should set a good example for their children, observe laws strictly and teach their children what they should do. We should not risk hurting others because of our own playfulness.
Maggie Lam, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Fake photos raise real-world worries
I am writing in response to the article 'Pope is kiss of death for ad campaign' (South China Morning Post, November 18).
The posters featured fake photo montages of famous politicians in lip-locked embraces, including President Hu Jintao with US President Barack Obama.
Although the image seems rude, it expresses the idea of global love and shows people's thirst for world peace in a humorous way.
Nowadays, the world is in tension as the global economy is not doing well and there are many conflicts among countries.
China is developing rapidly, both economically and militarily. America's superpower status is being threatened by China and the US does not like this. The poor relationship between the two countries has people worried about peace. Both countries should try hard to repair their relationship.
Christine Ip, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
What price to pay for latest technology?
Soon after iPhones were launched, other handy products like smartphones and tablets became part of our lives. They entertain and are trendy, but should we spend so much on them?
People proudly pay more than HK$4,000 every six months to buy something new and flash it in front of others. The products have a lot of upgrades but they are rarely used. Money could be spent in more meaningful ways.
These devices also create a lot of e-waste and we need to face the growing problem of disposal. Although we can recycle the materials, reducing waste is the most effective solution.
Jackson Ng Cheuk-yin, Carmel Secondary School
Hi-tech lens puts eyes on the future
Researchers are developing a contact lens that could one day allow us to see words and images displayed beyond our regular field of vision.
Ten years ago, we would have only seen this kind of device in a film, but now it is becoming a reality, with tests under way on rabbits.
The lenses might bring us convenience and efficiency, letting us read short e-mails and text messages without a laptop or other heavy readers. But there are problems. The chip in the lens might harm our eyes and result in more people becoming shortsighted. Are higher living standards worth this price?
Natalie Wong Hoi-yi, Pooi To Middle School
Exam pressure adds up to child problems
Hong Kong's students are under intense pressure to get good grades, while excelling in extra-curricular activities. It's a disheartening issue and has aroused a lot of concern about the mental health of children and teens. I think much of the issue comes down to exam pressure.
All of us are under great pressure from the fast-changing educational system. A normal Primary Six student has seven formal exams in a school year.
They follow a tight schedule of intense revision and some have extra classes to improve their results.
A recent survey of Primary Six students revealed that more than half the interviewees did not sleep more than seven hours a night.
The education system deprives Hong Kong students of their relaxation time. They cannot deal with the frustrations from their studies and may use wrong ways to cope with the pressures.
The Education Bureau should think twice before they carry out new reforms since any changes can increase students' stress levels.
Chung Yik-sau, CNEC Christian College