For the young, mobile phones are not all they're cracked up to be

Some young people say the cracked cellphone screen gives you a sort of street cred.

Brittany Lofton spots them all the time: teens and university students clutching their beat-up cellphones, with screens so cracked that spider-web-like patterns creep across the glass.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 6:44am

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Boys are facing double the risk of depression, Hong Kong study shows

Associate professor Sylvia Kwok Lai Yuk-ching, of City University, said: "Chinese families have higher expectations of boys than girls. That's why boys may experience more stress from their parents to deliver better academic performances."

5 May 2013 - 5:03am

Letters to the Editor, April 14, 2013

Volcanic eruptions can cause severe storms. Photo: Reuters

Storm forecasting requires a fully multi-disciplinary approach including a good understanding of earth sciences, since we are dealing with interactions between components of the earth's systems.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 1 comment

More teenage girls joining street gangs

A band performs at the Youth Outreach centre in Sai Wan Ho, which aims to give teenagers a place to go at night. Photo: Thomas Yau

A growing number of girls are muscling out the boys in Hong Kong's teenage street gang culture, according to a charity that has been helping troubled youngsters for over two decades.

30 Dec 2012 - 7:15am 2 comments

Many teenagers unaware a passionate kiss may be indecent assault

Teenagers - and their teachers - are largely unaware that deep kissing is a crime before age 16, research has revealed.

Exposing a hole in adolescents' knowledge, a church study found students did not realise that fondling and passionate kissing can be classed as indecent assault.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:46am 1 comment

South Korea tries to curb the sexual exploitation of underage K-pop stars

South Korea authorities want to curb over-sexualised performances by teenage stars of the country's thriving K-pop scene.

Proposed revisions to the Youth Protection Law would slap an R-rating on films, music videos and TV shows that place an exaggerated sexual emphasis on young singers and bands.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:51am

Internet videos will come back to haunt youth of today

Students should think twice before posting their youthful indiscretions on the internet.

Move over, Jay-Z. There's a new rap star in the house. His name is Lucas Scibetta. He's 17 years old, goes to the Hong Kong International School and raps about … well, weed. As of this week, his controversial self-made music video about kids in Hong Kong partying and enjoying a carefree lifestyle has got over 60,000 hits on YouTube and interest from at least two record labels.

17 Oct 2012 - 3:13am

Fellow pupils of Shek O drowning victims to get grief counselling

Students mourning the deceased at CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School where two students drowned at Shek O Beach. Photo: Sam Tsang

A school attended by two teenage boys who drowned at Shek O while celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival was in "crisis mode" yesterday dealing with pupils' grief after the second boy's body was found.

3 Oct 2012 - 3:39pm

Police foil teenagers’ bid to escape custody

Police foiled an attempt by three youths to help a teenage girl escape from police custody in Tuen Mun on Friday, officers said.

Although initial details were sketchy, the girl, 15, was reportedly in the lift lobby of the Tuen Mun Court building, escorted by two policewomen, when the three boys appeared around 12.30pm.

28 Sep 2012 - 5:07pm 1 comment

Charity calls for action after survey shows rise in teenage depression

A social service organisation has called on the government to put more resources into tackling teenagers' mental health problems after a survey showed a "worrying" number of youngsters suffer from depression.

Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service polled about 2,500 pupils from Form One to Form Five in schools across the city between last December and this April.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

The Teenagers

The Teenagers

Reality Check

(XL Recordings)

London-based French pop trio the Teenagers are capable of turning out a good song. The trouble is that song is reworked 12 different ways on their debut album, the latest in the line of average indie-pop dressed up as nu-rave.

30 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Dating leads to much debating

Last week, I opened a new chapter of discussion with my students. Unlike the previous chapter, in which I had tried hard not to make the subject matter boring, the topic of my new chapter was interesting and relevant enough to awaken sleepy students.

The topic was dating, a very sensitive issue for all parents, teachers and teenagers.

25 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Jobs pave way to the future

Some people say that teenagers should not be allowed to do part- time jobs. Why not? Do jobs interfere with the teenagers' studies? Nonsense! How about those who spend their weekends with their dates, watching television or playing mindless electronic games? Needless to say, it is much better to work, because then they can at least learn a thing or two from the 'outside world'.

8 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Part-time job takes toll on pupils

We live in a wealthy society, but the richer we get, the more materialistic we become.

With peer pressure and the demands of vogue and fashion, teenagers now have to spend lots of money to maintain their image.

It becomes more expensive to stay with the changing trends.

12 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Perils of part-time work

Many teenagers now have part-time jobs.

Some work to subsidise their school fees and some want to save for extravagant brand-name products.

It would be a lie to say that these part-time jobs do not interfere with their studies.

In fact, many seem to be part-time students and full-time workers.

13 Jan 1998 - 12:00am