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Should Children Carry Mobile Phones?

My 12-year-old wrote this ‘educational’ article in her newsletter “The Tween Times” to teach adults about buying mobile phones for kids! 🙂 (more…)

National Day


National Day
By Alexis Ong
The Tween Times, 9 Aug 2009


Sometimes, do you feel that you want to thank Singapore for so much, but don’t know how to express it? Do you feel like you want to “keep it all in a jar”? Well, here’s how!

First, get hold of a glass jar like this:

Then get sheets of coloured paper and cut them into long rectangle pieces. Then, you can write your thanksgivings on the papers! After that, roll up the papers and drop them into the jar. Remember to write the names of the people who wrote the thanksgivings onto the papers, and DON’T lose the jar. Keep it till next year, so you can read them again next National Day and write new ones! Here are a few examples of thanksgiving notes:

I thank Singapore for…

  • An uncorrupted government
  • Being hard on drugs
  • Clean tap water
  • Keeping us safe from racial prejudice
  • Good and affordable healthcare
  • Good education system
  • Being at peace with countries around the world
  • Putting Mas Selamat away
  • Affordable school fees
  • Charitable works
  • Unity in helping East Timor
  • Preparing for the future
  • Making a good comeback after the economic downturn
  • Enforcing religious harmony
  • Social Development Unit (From my mother)
  • Housing for everyone
  • Creating jobs for many people
  • The SPUR program – a program that teaches illiterate Singaporeans new skills to help them get new jobs if they have lost theirs from the economic downturn.
  • Planting lots of trees
  • No natural disasters.

So far, we have 20 thanksgivings for Singapore. Can anyone think of 24 more to make it 44, our nation’s birthday? If you have any more, just send them (or it) to enna_ong@yahoo.com.sg and we’ll publish it in the next issue of The Tween Times!

We Should All Know the Armenian Genocide

We Should All Know the Armenian Genocide
By Alexis Ong
The Tween Times, 27 April 2009

I first heard about the Armenian Genocide when I read about it in Reader’s Digest. I still remember the black and white photos. They show Armenians marching with a downtrodden, hopeless air. I can’t see their faces. I read about their forced march. They had been marching for two days, there was a little boy who wanted to bring water to his family, and the water had animal urine in it. In another story, there was a gunshot, it turned out that the Turks had set a church on fire with people trapped inside and whenever people ran out of the burning building, the Turks shot them. I felt the Turks did not respect religious beliefs. The Genocide was really sad. Almost as bad as Adolf Hitler killing Jews, but without gas rooms. Why do some people do such things, why can’t people get along well with each other?

The Armenian Genocide is not the only mass killing in the world. There is also the Nanjing massacre and Adolf Hitler and the Jews. I heard about the Nanjing massacre from my mother. The Japanese killed a lot of Chinese.

I heard about the Jewish Holocaust in a social studies project with my classmates. The project is not about the Holocaust. My friend Hui Ling mentioned Adolf Hitler killing Jews, I hadn’t even known there was such a terrible event. A year later, I watched the DVD Schindler’s List, which my father bought. I don’t like watching depressing shows, and this was a very depressing show. So I did not finish watching it. I learned the Jews were treated very badly and tortured and killed by a very evil guy called Adolf Hitler.

If I ever met a person as corrupt as him, I will set up a campaign to make sure that he is not in full control, that there will be people over him who can make wise decisions. I think it is important for the young generation to learn about Hitler even though he died already, because it is important that we should not grow to be as corrupt as he was and we should learn from other people’s mistakes; we should grow into a better society where nobody holds grudges against others and we work in harmony with each other. What makes me feel most angry is why anyone in this world must have a grudge against

another. I mean, it’s stupid, innit? If there are no people angry at someone else, won’t we be so peaceful and everything??

We need to stop genocides from happening. I don’t know how, maybe we can start by studying politics. My mother asked me if The Tween Times can be used to stop genocides. I am not sure how it can be used, since The Tween Times is only circulated among a few people, and not to big countries, or to those people who with one decision can affect the entire world.

Note: This was a difficult topic, so my mother helped me by asking a lot of questions.

The Tween Times

This is the masthead of my two daughters’ weekly e-newspaper. I am very proud of them for being brave, talented, disciplined enough to take up this demanding project on top of their exams, piano and other commitments.

If you wish to read The Tween Times, email the Editor at enna_ong@yahoo.com.sg

My eldest daughter is the editor; and my second designed the masthead as well as the comics department. Here is an example of Maximum Comics.

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