Chumsai tells parents to swap Facebook for real books

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A central Pattaya community encouraged parents to push their kids to read and play sports instead of consuming social media.

Jirawat Pukjai, president of the Chumsai Community, hosted the March 18 “Knowing People, Knowing Ourselves, Knowing the Social World” seminar to train parents on the dangers lurking for children online and how to put their kids’ time to better use.

The Chumsai Community is encouraging parents to push their kids to read and play sports instead of consuming social media.
The Chumsai Community is encouraging parents to push their kids to read and play sports instead of consuming social media.

He said young people’s fixation on Facebook and other social media has resulted in decreased verbal communication and weaker relationships among family members.

While the online world may seem new and exciting to kids, it can affect their growth and learning, especially reading skills. While internet use gives children a wider view of the world, it also leaves them vulnerable to exploitation and trickery, Jirawat said.

He said parents need to control and monitor their kids’ online use and should encourage them to get their noses out of their phones and play sports or read a book.