Indonesian city hopes to break kids’ internet addiction with baby chickens

by Daniel Payne · Nov 22nd, 2019 5:46 pm

A city in Indonesia is taking a novel approach to fighting internet addiction among children, providing them with small livestock in the hopes that they will turn away from their screens and toward nature.

The local government in Bandung, located in West Java, has begun distributing baby chicks to elementary and junior high school students in an attempt to fight skyrocketing screen times in Indonesia. The average internet user is Indonesia is online an average of eight hour and 36 minutes per day, nearly two hours more than the global average.

One recipient said he hopes to breed the chickens, though not all the junior farmers were thinking in the long term. One new chicken owner told media that he "hoped to care for his chick until it was big enough to cook."