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