teenagers' worries: 1) Examination-teenagers are mainly secondary students and their ages are mainly 13-17. -their burdens are not only their homework and extra-curricular activities, but also their curriculum. -according to a survey conducted by Hong Kong University, about 80% students think that they need to face a lot of challenges about their examinations. -the survey also reveals that Chinese, English and mathematics are their main problems. They think that these are very difficult to manage. -for form 5 and 7 students, they need to face HK CEE and HEAL examination which can influence their future. 2) Peer pressure- Peers influence your life, even if you don't realize it, just by spending time with you. You learn from them, and they learn from you. It's only human nature to listen to and learn from other people in your age group. - Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways.

For example, a few kids in school might try to get you to cut class with them, your soccer friend might try to convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or a kid in the neighborhood might want you to shoplift with him. - For example, just because we don't like the current teen fashion does not mean that we have to fight it. When everyone at school is wearing jeans that are five times too big for them, and your teen wants to also, you can cut them some slack. But, if everyone is wearing these jeans down around their knees, you have a battle. - We are all susceptible to the negative influence of others. We get pushed into rushed decisions by peer pressure and find ourselves in trouble as a result.

3) Parental pressure -Parents who put excessive pressure on their daughters / sons to perform well at school could be putting them at greater risk of attempting suicide, US researchers suggest. -The chances of a student making an attempt on their life rise significantly when the pressure to put in! SSa stellar performance!" comes from the mother with the father's backing, say the researchers from Penn State University. -Parents always want their children do the best. The amount of worries on them is always equal to the amount of hate from the children to their parents. Usual ways to get relief: 1.

Take drugs: Fact: f Th They take a massive overdose of sleeping tablets. f Th An alarming increase in the use of party drugs Ketamine and Ecstasy by young people was revealed by the Security Bureau recently. f Th Law enforcement agencies have seized ("S|not) 69 kilograms of k etamine and 235,000 Ecstasy tablets in the first 10 months of this year, an increase of 122 per cent and 78 per cent respectively from a year ago. The amount of heroin seized fell 22 per cent to 35 kilograms and cannabis seizures fell 65 per cent to 197 kg. Reasons: f Th Low prices and easy availability, especially in nightclubs, also helps explain the growing trend for youngsters to see party drugs as the key to a good night out. f Th The teenagers can develop escapism during taking drugs because they do not have to think about their own troubles. 2. Gambling: Fact: f Th More youngsters are participating in football gambling since the activity was legalized last August, Hong Kong Gambling Watch said. In a recent survey of 2,300 secondary students aged 18 or below, 6 per cent said they had placed bets on football matches, a 2 per cent rise from a similar survey conducted last year.

Based on the survey's findings, the group estimated that 24,000 of the 400,000 secondary students in Hong Kong who are under 18 gambled. Reasons: f Th A lack of success in real life. f Th The influence of family or friends. f Th A desire to escape from family or financial problems. 3. Inform parents or peers: Fact: f Th A survey on the pressures faced by teenagers conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups reveals that some 97 per cent of 1,014 people aged 15 to 19 said they would discuss their problems with peers when under stress and 89 per cent said they would talk about issues with their parents. What government can do: 1. Drugs taking i) By Law- The Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (Cap.

134) controls over the dealing, possession, import, supply and manufacture of all narcotic drugs and nearly all psychotropic substances listed in the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. The maximum penalty for major drug offences such as trafficking and manufacturing of dangerous drugs is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million. - The Control of Chemicals Ordinance (Cap. 145) controls all chemicals listed in the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

The maximum penalty is 15 years' imprisonment and a fine of $1 million. ii) By Education- Drug Education Programmes: The Narcotics Division provides drug education programmes to primary and secondary school students, as well as students of English School Foundation (ESF) /international schools and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education. -The drug education programmes, with different versions for students in different levels, mainly covers: 1. common drugs liable to abuse and their harmful effects; 2. reasons for drugs abuse 3. refusal skills 2. Gambling- deploy security guards in uniforms at all entrances of the off-course betting centers (OCBBs) and within such premises to check the age of patrons whenever in doubts; - display warning messages against underage betting at the entrance of and within OCBBs; on publicity materials, in the betting and betting information website, on betting ticket dispensers and betting terminals and windows; - publish warning messages against underage gambling on betting tickets; - broadcast public announcements about age restriction on betting within OCBBs and racecourses; - relay age restriction messages to users of telephone betting services during the call waiting periods; - set up a special hotline for patrons to report underage access to OCBBs; - require applicants of betting accounts to provide proof of age; - require passwords from account holder before allowing them to access to their betting accounts; and- remind customers not to let the underage have access to their betting account in newsletters to account holders. - Part of the tax revenue from the gambling activities should put into some measures which help the pathological gamblers. - Impose stringent law to tackle the juvenile gambling. e.g. Heavy penalties on those aged under 18 take part in gambling activities. - More resources should be provided to educate the teenagers with the drawback of gambling.

3. All One school social worker for each secondary school- All secondary schools have been allocated with one full-time school social worker to provide school social work services. - The roles of school social worker are consultant, coordinator, or community and social educator. - School social workers are suggested to promote family values and harmonious family concept to the parents through parent education and family life education programmes,".