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Introduction

With the advent and continued growth of technological advances in the 90s, internet connection becomes an indispensable part of our daily lives. Internet becomes the main channel through which teenagers learn things, communicate with people and have entertainment. However, some of the teenagers are found to be weak in self-control on computer use. They gradually get addicted to the internet world and hence, their daily life and social functioning have been adversely affected.

In order to help young internet addicts regain their self-control on computer use, our Integrated Children and Youth Service (Happy Teens Club) has developed the "Online New Page Project" since February 2005. Moreover, since 2006, the Project has funded by the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Objectives of our service
  1. To help young internet addicts regain their self-control on computer use.
  2. To promote the educational messages of healthy computer use to the public.
  3. To do research on the issues of internet addiction on a continuous basis.
Main Service Target:

Young people aged between 6 and 24 and their parents

What is Internet Addiction?
To check yourself, you can answer the following questions:
  1. Do you need to do online activities with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve the desired excitement?
  2. Are you preoccupied with online activities (thinking about it when offline and anticipating your next online session)?
  3. Have you lied to friends and family members to conceal extent of your online activities?
  4. Do you feel restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop online activities?
  5. Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop online activities?
  6. Do you use online activity as a way of escaping from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression?
  7. Have you jeopardized or lost a significant relationship because of your online habit?
  8. Have you jeopardized a job, educational, or career opportunity because of your online habit?

The above were borrowed from Dr Young, K.S. (1996, August 15), Internet addiction: The emergence of a new clinical disorder. Paper presented at the 104th annual meeting of the American psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

If you answer "yes" to 5 out of 8 questions, you may have the symptoms of online addiction. Please note that this is just an initial checking. Other physiological, psychological, familial and social factors are also crucial for further assessment. You are welcome to contact our service at 2561-0363 for further consultation.

Our Services

Our project provides counseling and supportive services for those who have constant indulgence in internet or found to be internet addicted.

Counseling Service:
1. Counseling Hotline
  • at 2561-0363
  • Our Registered Social Workers will provide follow up counseling service after receiving the hotline enquiries
  • Operating hours of the hotline: on Every Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
2. Outreaching and Counseling Service
Through outreaching and counseling service, we:
  • Motivate the young addicts to change and enhance their self control in computer use through outreaching home visits and counseling service;
  • Assist families in handling their children's problems on internet addiction or indulgence;
  • Make referrals and help clients to seek other appropriate social resources.

If one needs counseling service and referral information, please call our service hotline at 2561-0363。

3. Online Agent Groups (Groups for young people)
  • Objectives:
    • To facilitate young people's motivation on healthy computer use
    • To nurture young people's interests in areas other than computer use
    • To help young people in building self control in computer use
  • Main Content:(Adjustable upon request and needs)
    • Topic discussion on internet issues (around 6 sessions)
    • Camping activities (around 2 days and 1 night)
    • Outdoor activities(around 1 session)
Supportive services:
1. Talks and Workshops
  • Objectives:
    • To enhance the awareness of young people and parents on the issues of internet addiction, its harms and ways in handling
  • Service target:
    • Youths and parents
  • Content:
    • Understanding on youth internet world
    • Symptoms and indicators on internet addiction
    • Harms of unhealthy computer use
    • Keys to prevent or handle internet addiction or indulgence
2. Professional Training/ Sharing Sessions
We have been invited by Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service, various universities, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations to provide professional training and sharing in our work on internet addiction. We welcome any opportunities in cooperating with different sectors through professional training and exchange.
Topics can include
  • Youth culture in internet world
  • Counseling strategies and skills in helping internet addicts and their parents
  • Case work and group work experiences in the work on internet addiction
3. Case Enquiry
We provide consultation and support for social workers, teachers and medical professionals in handling cases with internet addiction problems. Please call our hotline number at 2561-0363
4. Online Buddy Alliance:
We invite young people who have been served by the Project to join our "Online Buddy Alliance". In the alliance, a variety of interesting and challenging activities will be organized for them so as to build up their interests in areas other than computer and to foster their habits in healthy computer use. In addition, Online Buddies will help our volunteer work in disseminating the messages of healthy computer use to the society.
5. Parent Support Network
Though Parent Support Network and the related activities, we:
  • Help parents to develop their skills and confidence in handling their children's internet problems
  • Help parents to relieve stress in parenting when handling the conflicts aroused from internet problems
  • Build up a mutual aid network among parents.
You are welcome to contact us:
Address:
Shop 314, Podium Level, Wo Ping House, Lei Cheng Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel:
+852 3586 2356
Fax:
+852 2304 3562
Email:
online@hkcs.org

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