A city in Indonesia implements “Chickenization” in schools to save from internet addiction, according to a CNN report.
The city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia launched its first ever Chickenization Program. This aims to keep students away from television and smartphone screens.
The local government of Bandung gave 2,000 chicks and 1,500 chili seeds in November last year to 10 elementary schools and two junior high schools.
Mayor Oded M. Danial said he hopes the project will provide a solution to reduce the time children put in using their electronic gadgets.
Further, the mayor said during the CNA interview that this program will help build the children’s character, teamwork, and love for the environment.
However, education officials said the local government needs more time to evaluate the full implementation of the said program.
An average Indonesian internet user spends eight hours and 36 minutes online every day. This is almost two hours higher than the global average.
Further, the West Java Psychiatric Hospital recently revealed they are treating children suffering from cell phone and online games addiction.
With this, several parents in the city showed support in the program, according to the local government.
“It’s good to increase the discipline of children. Caring for trees is better than playing with cell phones,” one of the parents said.
However parenting expert Mdm Yanti Sri Yulianti told the media agency CNA that children have different interests and some of them may not find effort to take care of chicks.
She said the implementation of the program is more suited to rural areas in the country.