2018年6月13日 星期三

英語聆聽練習 10:Digital detox for children

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Children are hooked on computers. Some spend up to six hours a day on their gadgets. They can be playing games live with others elsewhere in the world, updating their status on social media, texting friends or looking for the latest app to download to their tablets or smartphones.

This worried Martin Strott. He's the headmaster of the Old Hall School in Wellington, in the west of England. He was so concerned that he challenged his students to take part in a week of 'digital detox'.

Strott told the local newspaper, the Shropshire Star, that he encourages the pupils to be computer-savvy from a young age, but is concerned that too much screen time will affect the development of their social skills. He said that this over-reliance on digital devices "erodes family time and they're missing out on messages from body language and facial expressions from those around them".

According to the headmaster, the parents are happy with the initiative. But what about the children? Nine-year-old Fred usually spends around two hours on his gadgets at home after school and around 12 hours on weekends. For him, the digital detox experience was "really hard". Fred spent it playing outside, especially cricket. He said that he'll probably engage in different activities from now on but he did miss his phone and online games.

The idea of keeping children away from their tech for a while to prevent 'addiction' is not particularly new. There have been similar initiatives in the US. But are they effective in the long run? Well, even if kids go back to their gadgets, the hope is that at least they'll think about how they use their time.

What about you: do you spend too many hours hooked on your digital devices?

詞彙表:
to be hooked on 痴迷於做某事
a gadget (常指新的科技)產品
to update (their) status 更新他們的狀態
to text 發短信
an app 應用程序
to download 下載
a tablet 平板電腦
a smartphone 智能電話
the headmaster 校長
detox 排毒
computer-savvy 精通電腦的
social skills 社交技能
a device 設備,設置
cricket 英式板球
tech 科技
an addiction 著迷,嗜好

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