China sets online study time limits for young students


File photo of a child learning online. / VCG

File photo of a child learning online. / VCG

Many schools are still closed in China as part of efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Online courses have therefore become the primary way for students to keep abreast of school subjects.

To reduce possible visual damage to students that could result from using electronic devices, the National Health Commission of China on Saturday released guidelines setting the maximum online study time for elementary school students and students. secondary.

The commission suggested that online study time for students not exceed two and a half hours per day and not exceed 20 consecutive minutes at a time. For middle school students, the maximum time limit for studying online should be four hours per day, he said, not to exceed 30 consecutive minutes at a time.

Once schools open, schools should reduce the time spent teaching with electronics, according to the guidelines.

“E-learning cuts costs, spreads quickly and has a wide area of ​​coverage,” Xu Haifeng, director of the Children’s Book Publishing branch of the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, told CGTN. “But it also has its drawbacks because it’s bad for children’s vision and the youngest often have a hard time concentrating on teaching material in front of a computer.”

Some parents, on the other hand, lament that it is nearly impossible to implement the advice, as the heavy pressure from schoolwork means a lot more time for online learning.

“My husband and I have to spend a lot of time checking to see if our son is using the cell phone to study instead of playing games. because they have to spend hours a day doing their homework – which is also assigned and submitted online, ”a mother named Yan, who has a 12-year-old son, told CGTN.

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