Talking Points: Should parents be forced by law to give their children a set amount of pocket money each week?

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Man Ho-ting, 15, Pok Oi Hospital 80th Anniversary Tang Ying Hei College

I don’t think so. Some parents may not be able to afford to do so, especially those with more than one child. It might even discourage people to have children.

Furthermore, if children get used to automatically receiving money from their parents each month, they might start to take money for granted. It should be up to the parents to decide whether their children are responsible enough and ready to handle their own money.

Deng Jia-le, 17, Kwun Tong Government Secondary School

I think they should be. Parents have a responsibility to provide certain necessities for their children, and money should be one of them. Kids might need money for food, public transport, or even just for emergencies.

It would also serve as an opportunity to teach them how to manage money at an early age.

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Glen Fung Kwun-kit, 15, Carmel Secondary School

No, it is not something the government should force Hong Kong parents to do.

I believe most children get sufficient food and other materials such as school supplies. Therefore, extra pocket money may not be necessary for some kids.

If the government were to put this rule in place, it could ruin relationships between children and their parents who may not have the means to provide a set amount of money for them each month.

Kate Lee, 11, Sacred Heart Canossian School Private Section

I think so. Children need money to buy things like snacks, stationery, and books. Even if they don’t buy these things, they can save that money up for the future.

If children receive a set allowance, they can learn to use their money wisely, which is a useful skill to have when they are adults.

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Alan Leung, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I don’t think so. It should be up to their parents, not the government. The relationship between parents and their children should not be turned into something like that between an employer and an employee.

Parents already have to worry about paying for their children’s education, clothes, food, and toiletries, not to mention the rent for their home. Putting such a law in place may only increase the parents’ burden.

Shapkota Mahima,15, Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School of MFBM

I don’t think this would be a reasonable law. In our society, we do not only have rich and middle-class families, but also poor ones whose monthly income barely gets them by. It may be hard for some to pay for their family’s basic necessities, such as food, rent, school fees, and also give pocket money to their children every week.

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Annie Wong, 15, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I think parents shouldn’t be forced by law to give their children a set amount of pocket money each week, because parents will have different discipline methods, so it should be their decision whether or not they think their child deserves money or not.

Hung Tsz-ching, 15, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College

No! Money is important, but I think it’s more important for children to have someone to care for them properly. Nowadays, parents are too busy trying to earn money to provide for their family, and enforcing this rule would make it even worse for them. I think children would much rather be able to spend time with their parents than receive money from them each week.

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Cheung Cheuk-ying, 16, Christian Alliance S C Chan Memorial College

I don’t think so. Not every family is in the same situation, it will be difficult to set an amount that will suit every family. If this rule goes forward, poorer families might struggle to give their children the set about. I don’t believe children need much to survive, and some might just end up wasting the money. I I think most parents should be able to judge how much pocket money their child needs; so the government shouldn’t set this rule.

Fung Tsz-kiu, 15, Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School

In my opinion parents should give their children a set amount of pocket money every week. I think doing so would teach children how to budget their money, and teach them the importance of saving, which is a useful and necessary skill.

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We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to [email protected] by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda