Radio Taiwan International
Date: 03 April, 2019
By: Paula Chao
Children with severe internet addiction may need to be hospitalized when all other courses of treatment fail. That’s according to Zhang Ru-fen, a doctor who specializes in child psychology.
Internet addition among children is a growing concern in Taiwan. Children are surrounded by TVs, cellphones and tablets, and they often throw a tantrum when parents withhold their electronic devices.
In June of last year, the World Health Organization listed internet addiction as a mental illness. Recent research shows that 3% of first graders in Taiwan are addicted to the internet. That figure jumps to 16% in 2nd grade, 19% in 3rd to 6th grade, and 20% for teenagers.
Child psychology expert Dr. Zhang Ru-fen says it’s difficult for children to kick an internet addiction. If all else fails, hospitalization is the last resort. [FULL STORY]