Voices Of Youth: How social media has hurt us

How social media has hurt us

We have become increasingly fervent in our pursuit of freedom of speech. No-holds-barred opinions are voiced audaciously on social media, with little regard for the ramifications.

Everyone is entitled to his own views. The problem surfaces when one fails to exercise moderation and courtesy.

It is regrettable to think that social media, meant to enhance communication, has resulted in social discord.

Celeste Tay, 16, Secondary 4 student

Appreciate our grandparents

The article ("Dementia rates on the rise as population ages: Study"; March 26) made me appreciate my grandparents more and realise how fortunate I am to be able to spend time with them.

They have always been a silent pillar of support for me, but I have sometimes been very disrespectful to them.

Life is unpredictable and we don't know when our grandparents will leave our side or when they will not recognise us any more.

Thus, we should always think twice before saying something hurtful.

Dementia is incurable. By being respectful and treating our grandparents well, we will be able to make full use of the time we have with them.

We can also try to keep our grandparents' minds occupied by speaking to them often or giving them mind games to do. In that way, the deterioration of their brains will be slower.

Wong Zi Yi, 14, Secondary 2 student

CALLING YOUNG READERS: If you are 21 or below and want to air your opinion on any article or letter in The Straits Times, e-mail your letter to stforum@sph.com.sg with the header ''Voices of Youth''. Do include your age, educational level and contact details, together with the headline of the article/letter you refer to.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 29, 2015, with the headline 'VoicesOf Youth'. Print Edition | Subscribe