Dolls, teddy bears, the card game UNO, and Barbie ... all these are very popular among children. We all know that children love playing games, so different toys have been developed for them.
But many parents think that children will forget to do their homework if they play with toys. Therefore, manufacturers have invented toys that help children with their studies. For example, there are electronic machines which can help children learn English. Although these toys are helpful, they may have bad effects. Children can only play with these machines by themselves. If they use this kind of toy for a long time, they may not develop friendships. Also, some children have no interest in such toys, so they won't learn anything.
Parents should buy games which require at least two children to play. Then the children and their friends can have fun and their social skills will be strengthened.
Vivian Lam, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Vivian. It is astounding how many parents overlook the importance of socialising in their children's lives. They seem to think that the only thing that counts is scores on a test paper. There was a very good article in last week's Sunday Morning Post, about how Hong Kong youth feel their parents are stifling their creativity.
Not only does a person have to be able to come up with creative ideas and solutions, they also need to be able to work with others. These skills are crucial to success.