Teach kids about the world beyond themselves

It was heartening to read 13-year-old Kate Yeo's letter ("Protect workers from the haze"; Sept 23).

Such compassion for others less fortunate than herself is indeed commendable for such a young girl. I compliment her parents for bringing her up well.

It is sad that many children in Singapore care only about themselves. Parents should do more to bring their children up with a greater sense of compassion.

It is upsetting to see schoolchildren on the MRT busy playing games on their mobile devices, not bothering to look up to see if anyone needs a seat more than they do.

We need to instil good values in children from a young age, so that we can nurture a more caring, gracious and inclusive society.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)