Look­ing to the Fu­ture

Peo­ple’s Daily Oc­to­ber 22

Beijing Review - - THIS WEEK PEOPLE & POINTS -

The health of chil­dren’s vi­sion is fac­ing new threats as mo­bile ter­mi­nals per­vade peo­ple’s lives.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port on op­ti­cal health pub­lished by Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, with­out ef­fec­tive pol­icy in­ter­ven­tion, the num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from my­opia in China will ex­ceed 700 mil­lion by 2020. As the age of chil­dren suf­fer­ing from my­opia de­creases, eight gov­ern­ment de­part­ments jointly is­sued a plan aimed at pre­vent­ing and con­trol­ling the dis­ease among chil­dren and ado­les­cents.

In re­al­ity, whether chil­dren should have ac­cess to mo­biles and whether home­work should be done on elec­tronic de­vices has be­come of con­cern to par­ents and teach­ers. Some sup­port us­ing elec­tron­ics in ed­u­ca­tion, claim­ing that the prac­tice can im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of teach­ing. Oth­ers say it can be detri­men­tal to chil­dren’s health and pro­mote un­fa­vor­able In­ter­net habits.

Tech­nol­ogy is now a fun­da­men­tal part of chil­dren’s lives and the key lies with the at­ti­tudes of teach­ers, par­ents, and man­u­fac­tur­ers. Teach­ers should not solely rely on elec­tronic prod­ucts but rather teach stu­dents how to pro­tect their eyes. Par­ents should look on elec­tronic prod­ucts with an open and skep­ti­cal mind­set and ex­plore how to use them safely. Man­u­fac­tur­ers should also de­velop their prod­ucts with a view to pro­tect­ing the health of chil­dren’s eye­sight.

More im­por­tantly, chil­dren should be en­cour­aged to go out­doors and em­brace na­ture in or­der to prevent my­opia.

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