Too risky to speak our minds

Too risky to speak our minds

We always discuss international and political issues at school, but we need other ways to express our opinions.

If we share our ideas on the internet, we can be attacked by trolls, who not only post nasty replies, but also find out our personal information and post it on social media. This invasion of privacy would really affect our lives.

We could write to newspapers, but many of them don't publish letters from students.

Teenagers need a new way to discuss political problems. So far we can only do this in Liberal Studies lessons, and until we change the critical culture of the internet, we will not be able to exchange ideas freely.

Luk Ka-wai, Pooi To Middle School

From the editor

Thank you for your letter, Ka-wai. It would be nice if there were no mean people in the world, but unfortunately there are. That means that whoever stands up to express their opinion is at risk of becoming troll bait. But we should not let that stop us from sharing our views. People probably won't go to the trouble of finding your private information unless your ideas are very extreme.

However, Young Post is exactly the right place to share your ideas. We are your newspaper, and our website is a great place to share ideas.

When you write a letter to the editor, you don't have to use your real name, by the way. We need to know your real name but you can also give us a fake name and a note asking us to use that one. So let the opinions roll!

Susan, Editor

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
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