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IN INDONESIA TREATS CHILDISH DEPENDENCE ON SMARTPHONES WITH CHICKENS AND CHILE PEPPER

A pilot program has been launched in Bandung, Indonesia to combat child addiction to gadgets.

Its main components are the small chicks that the children are cared for and the seeds of chili pepper they are to plant. Bandung authorities have already distributed 2,000 chickens and 1,500 seeds of Chilean pepper to 10 elementary and 2 secondary schools in the city.

According to Mayor Oded Daniel, a local government initiative is designed to encourage children to use gadgets less, but city educators need time to test its effectiveness. At least some of Bandung’s parents supported the initiative, which had already been dubbed “chicken pox.”

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