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Croatiaĺs parents of internet-addicted children may soon be able to seek help in a camp designed to wean their youngsters off Facebook, mobile phones and TV.
President of the Center for Abused and Missing Children in Osijek, Tomislav Ramljak, is planning a camp in the natural park Papuk (Slavonia), where children addicted to the internet and technology will learn to live without the gadgets that have become an inextricable part of their everyday lives.
Students of seventh and eight grades spend on average between four and five hours a day in front of a screen, daily Slobodna Dalmacija writes. Previous addictions to video games have now given way to addictions to social networks.
If denied access to computer screens and mobile phones, these children go crazy, Ramljak said in speaking about the young addicts.
"Earlier these were high-schoolers, but today you have 10-year-olds amongst the internet addicts. The worst situation is with students from seventh and eight grades that have literally become computer, mobile phone and TV slaves. They are chained to those three screens on average five hours a day, which borders addiction," he says.
They have to check their Facebook status every half an hour, or otherwise throw a fit if denied access to the internet. At workshops Ramljak organized, there were children creating movies and photos that would harness more "likes" on their profile pages to become cooler in their group. "Not only to social networks, but they are addicted to the media," Ramljak says.
The camp is on hold for a moment awaiting financial support, but Ramljak hopes it will become a reality by the end of the year.á One of the programs it plans to offer is "Ten days without a screen" designed by Zadar-based expert Dr. Zlatko Milisa. It is envisioned as a 10-day abstinence program from computers, TV and mobile phones.
So far it has proven to be a success, with both students and parents saying that it has brought more piece and closeness to the families, daily Jutarnji List writes.
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