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Britain's teenagers battle to unplug from the internet - survey

May 10, 2014

LONDON: Four in 10 UK teenagers believe they are addicted to the internet, with girls affected more than boys, a survey found.

Youngsters are increasingly displaying signs of compulsion to use their tablets and smartphones, including taking their devices to bed and, in some cases, even preferring the company of gadgets to people.

The findings prompted Tablets for Schools, the charity that conducted the survey, to launch a charter for how families could set boundaries to |foster a healthy relationship with the internet.

The poll found that girls spent more time chatting to friends on social networks while boys were more absorbed by computer games.

The charity's charter on internet use for teachers and families says students should protect their study time, find new "boredom busters" and dedicate times of the day to being "unplugged" from their devices. - Daily Mail

Weekend Argus

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Source: Weekend Argus (South Africa)