Voices Of Youth

Teens must engage with wider world

In this day and age, news is increasingly accessible - from traditional newspapers and television to social media.

One might think this would prompt more people, especially the inquisitive young, to be more interested in the news.

However, this is not the case. Whenever there is a news-reading session in class, I have found that many students are bored and do not take the discussion seriously.

It seems that this young generation is too absorbed in its own world and content in its little bubble of comfort to care about what is happening around them and the impact these events have.

Teenagers need to be more involved and invest more time and interest in keeping up with the news.

Schools have incorporated the news into lessons to nurture teens into concerned and informed citizens of the future.

It is now up to us to make an effort to actively engage with the society that we are living in.

Chen Nan, 16, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2018, with the headline 'Teens must engage with wider world'. Print Edition | Subscribe