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Children prefer Internet to sport: survey

Children prefer Internet to sport: survey

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Children and teenagers in Taiwan prefer spending time online to engaging in sports activities, according to the results of an annual survey released Thursday by a cyber security watchdog. The group advised parents to arrange more outdoors activities for their children during the summer vacation to direct their attention away from the Internet, which is becoming increasingly accessible to Taiwanese youth. The survey reveals that on average, each family has two computers that are connected to the Internet. Children and teenagers spend a daily average of 3.53 hours online on weekends, more than double the average of 1.43 hours during weekdays. While the polled youngsters spend 14.21 hours online per week on average, the time spent on sports activities is only 11.3 hours. On the purpose of Internet use, 22.2 percent of the respondents said they go online to play games, 15.6 percent to search for information, and 15.1 percent to use instant messaging services. The survey was conducted by Cyber Angel's Pick among 9,951 students between the third and ninth grades around Taiwan in the first half of 2011. The poll is the eighth part of a long-term study that is expected to run for 15 years. (By Hsu Ya-chu and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-06-22 16:53 GMT+08:00