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CWLF and Google to teach families how to communicate over 3C usage

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF, 兒童福利聯盟) and Google joined hands for a campaign yesterday to teach parents and children how to communicate when fighting over young people's use of 3C products.

During the summer vacation, many parents worry that their children may get addicted to computers, communication products and consumer electronics (3C products).

According to research conducted by the CWLF, 22 percent of parents said that their children become unhappy if they are limited in their use of 3C products. Fourteen percent said children quarrel with them over restricted access to technology. In addition, 20.8 percent of parents found their kids have less time to participate in leisure activities such as reading, exercising and going out with friends because of 3C products.

Huang Ya-fen (黃雅芬), a doctor specializing in children's mental health, stated that communication between parents and children is a skill that people need to learn. If parents use ineffective ways to deal with their children's problems — such as commanding, directing, or even blaming them — it may cause more conflicts in the future.

The CWLF Executive Director Chen Li-ru (陳麗如) said that parents should accompany their younger children while using 3C products and set proper regulations with teenagers.

CWLF statistics also revealed that the percentage of children who surf the Internet every day rises 27 percent during holidays compared to school days. In addition, children surf the Internet for 4.3 hours a day on weekends, which is 1.5 times longer than on weekdays. As the new semester is around the corner, parents also worry that their children will fail to bring their minds back from 3C products.

Huang suggested that parents install a timer for kids to ring every 30 minutes to remind them to have a break while using 3C products. In addition, parents can also arrange some outdoor activities to divert children's attention from 3C products step by step.

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