Talking Points: What is an acceptable curfew for secondary school students?

Talking Points: What is an acceptable curfew for secondary school students?

Hate it when you can't talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

Shannon Chu, 15, Maryknoll Convent School

They should be home no later than 6pm. Hong Kong can be a dangerous place, especially at night. So teenagers should not be roaming the streets after sunset because they could easily get into trouble. Also, being home by 6pm means they can spend more time with their families during weekends.


Catherine Wang, 16, Chinese International School

When it comes to curfews, you have to strike a balance between safety and having fun. It's up to the students and their parents to discuss the issue and set a reasonable time.

It is important for teenagers to have a meaningful time with their friends while staying out of harm's way.

I think an acceptable weekend curfew should be around midnight. Going home earlier would mean missing out on Hong Kong's exciting night life, while staying out any later is not a good idea.

The MTR stops running soon after midnight, and there are only a limited number of buses on the roads. So it's best to be home by midnight.


Angela Siu Wing-yan, 17, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

I think asking teenagers to be home by 11.30pm is reasonable. A lot of them attend concerts or watch movies which end around 10pm, so they need time to get back home.

I hope education officials won't propose a city-wide curfew for secondary school students. During week days, they spend a lot of time on school work and extra-curricular activities, and may also attend tutorial classes. So they should be allowed to relax with their friends at weekends. It is good to gain a wide experience rather than focus only on your studies.


Christy Cheung, 16, St Paul's Co-educational College

I'm not a big fan of going to bed early. On weekends, my day usually begins at 10am and ends at 2am. I also go out sometimes, and don't get home until midnight.

We don't have school for two days, so we should be able to have some fun. Having said that, teenagers should take care of themselves and act responsibly while having a good time with their friends.

We are not adults yet, so parents should set some rules. I think midnight is an acceptable weekend curfew.


Snehaa Senthamilselvan Easwari, 15, South Island School

For secondary school students, the ideal weekend curfew would be midnight.

As a secondary school student, I can say we need a break once in a while, and the weekend is perfect for that. However, much to their parents' disappointment, many students hang out with their friends, play video games, or stay glued to their smartphones until early in the morning.

Sleep is very important for us. Late nights can easily become a habit and that can badly affect our academic standards because we won't be able to focus during lessons. So enjoy your weekend, but be home by midnight. Then you can have a good night's sleep and be ready for the week ahead.


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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
What is an acceptable weekend curfew for students in secondary school?

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