More children getting help for Internet addiction

Experts urge parents to do more to limit screen time for kids, as behavioural problems surface

File photo of a woman using her smartphone. The number of patients with cyber wellness issues such as social media addiction is increasing, according to counsellors and psychologists.
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MeToYou Cyber Care also saw 46 new cases of young people struggling with cyber wellness issues between last year and this year.

This is almost triple the 17 cases in 2014 when the initiative by volunteer welfare organisation Monfort Care first started. It has since worked with more than 140 young people on such issues.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2018, with the headline More children getting help for Internet addiction. Subscribe