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Indonesian students given chicks to combat smartphone addiction

By
Ben Hooper
Students at schools in an Indonesian city are being given pet chicks in a bid to get children to spend less time on their smartphones. Photo by SGr/Shutterstock
Students at schools in an Indonesian city are being given pet chicks in a bid to get children to spend less time on their smartphones. Photo by SGr/Shutterstock

Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An Indonesian city is giving out pet chicks to 2,000 elementary and middle school students in a bid to combat Internet and smartphone addiction.

The local government in Bandung, West Java, announced students at 12 elementary and middle school students were given the baby chickens in a bid to give the children activities that will keep them off the Internet and their smartphones.

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Mayor Oded Danial said when he proposed the plan in October that raising chicks would also teach the students valuable skills and foster a sense of responsibility.

Danial said prizes would be awarded to the students who raise their chicks into the largest chickens.

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