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Teens need to re-think their values

March 11, 2010

By Maisie Yuen

Many people say the moral standards of today’s youngsters are deteriorating.  I agree. Most youngsters think they can do whatever they like whenever they want. 

Also, they think they have the right to do anything and  they want  total freedom. Many teenagers only care about materialistic fulfilment, and some girls take part in compensated dating to make extra money.

Youngsters are also losing their sense of responsibility. They promise to do something, but  forget all about it very soon. Once, I was at an MTR station and a student accidentally spilled her drink. Other passengers were helping her wipe it while she stood there and did nothing.

Some parents complain that teachers do not teach their children well. I think the teachers have done their job. It’s the students’ problem.  

Adults need to be good role models for the next generation and educate them. Otherwise, the moral standards will keep falling.

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  1. March 11, 2010 12:15 pm

    It comes at a time where a wealthy old man has been found guilty of having sex with underage girls. He met them through compensated dating. Monday was International Women’s Day. For generations women have stood up against abuse and fought for equal rights. Yet in some developing countries, vulnerable people still have to prostitute themselves to have enough money to buy food. Along with this comes drug abuse, violence, disease and danger. All over the world, brave people have fought this scourge. Some are still fighting it.

    It is ironic that in modern Hong Kong, young girls think so little of themselves that they will sell their bodies for designer goods. They literally gamble with their lives for a handbag which will be out of fashion in a few months. Is this really what they think their lives are worth? Have we swapped the slavery of poverty for the slavery of fashion?

    Susan, Editor

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