Education is the way out
I am writing in response to the Editor's letter 'Stop before it's too late' (Young Post, February 28). It is a shocking fact that children as young as 11 are engaged in compensated dating.
I feel sorry for the young victims. They are too immature to make informed decisions. Their lives are invaluable, but they are too young to realise this. They need somebody to tell them the risks of getting involved in paid dates. For instance, they could contract a terrible disease like HIV, or suffer psychological problems.
It is natural for us teens to be curious about sex. But parents should give us guidance, and teach us the importance of self-respect and loving our body. At school, we should be given moral education. This would help young people who are tempted by the financial benefits of compensated dating to understand the terrible risks.
If everyone understood how dangerous it was, the 'business' of compensated dating would collapse.
Kevin Wong, St Joseph's College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Kevin. It is a sad truth that in the modern world children have exposure to things they should not know about. Movies, television and the internet bring the subject of sex into every household, and it is hard to combat that.
Even harder to fight is the constant message from advertisers that you are only worth something if you carry a brand-name item. But that is not true. Everyone has their own self-worth. Everyone matters.