Par­ents push to curb chil­dren’s grow­ing online ob­ses­sion

Many peo­ple are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about the amount of time their kids spend surf­ing the in­ter­net, and the suit­abil­ity of the web­sites they visit. Cao Yin re­ports.

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Ji said he only uses the in­ter­net to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about NBA su­per­stars. “I’m ad­dicted to basketball. I re­ally want to know ev­ery­thing about the sport and the stars’ sto­ries, as well as play­ing the game at school. Online in­for­ma­tion and hot is­sues are the main top­ics of con­ver­sa­tion for me and my class­mates. Any­way, I only go online af­ter I’ve fin­ishedmy home­work, so I don’t think it’s a waste of my time,” he said.

From Lyu’s per­spec­tive, how­ever, her son’s con­stant smart­phone use has driven a wedge be­tween them. “I have to shout at him sev­eral times and tell him to put the phone down be­cause I think he has spent too much time online, but he seems to be deaf and just ig­nores me,” she said.

She first bought Ji a smart­phone when he was about 5 or 6, “be­cause I wanted him to have a con­ve­nient way to con­tact me or his fa­ther, and also so we could be in­formed im­me­di­ately in the event of an ac­ci­dent or an emer­gency.

“His fa­ther and I are busy ev­ery day, and I have a lot of house­work to do when I get home from work. At first, I thought the smart­phone was a good idea and that it would help him to play by him­self and learn about ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. Now, I’m be­gin­ning to won­der if I was wrong,” she said.


Dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior


A group of pri­mary school stu­dents play with their smart­phones while vis­it­ing a mu­seum in Bei­jing.

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