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Children spend more time online than exercising

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

An Internet watch group survey has shown the nation’s children and teenagers spent more time online than doing physical exercise.

The survey, jointly conducted by nonprofit group Cyber Angel’s Pick and National Chengchi University’s (NCCU) Action Research for Kids and Kinship, studied the online behavior of third-grade to ninth-grade students.

Results showed students in this age group have an average of two computers to use at home and spend 1.43 hours daily on weekdays and 3.53 hours daily at weekends using a computer.

The survey also found that the students spend 14.21 hours per week online and only 11.3 hours doing physical exercise. About 22 percent of students involved in the study said they went online to play video games which was also ranked the No. 1 reason to use the Internet. This was followed by the need to find information [15.6 percent ] and to do instant messaging [15.1 percent].

NCCU professor Huang Wei-wei (黃葳威), who headed the project, said the survey also found many of the students in this particular age group cannot determine the nature of the messages they receive online, particularly those related to compensated dating.

“They were not alert and lacked discretion when talking with strangers online,” Huang said.

Rather than banning their children from accessing the Internet, parents are advised to limit the time they can use the Internet.

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