The average European child spends 3-4 hours online every day. That also means that our children, kept in check by their parents, who spend 1-1.5 hours a day online, balance out their peers who spend 6-8 hours a day online.
Neline is a Dutch mother of five. She writes a column for CNE.news every two weeks on Saturday.
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We gave into the social pressure and the demands of online schoolwork: at the age of 12, our kids got their own phones. Well, not iPhones, nor smartphones... but "dumbphones". You know, the ones with buttons.
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Once, I studied abroad for a year . During that time, I joined a church choir. We sang songs of all times and places, and thus, we also did a Gregorian hymn: "Victimae paschali laudes."
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In our church library, a separate shelf has been set aside for books by forgotten authors. To my surprise, I find a book in this very cupboard with Chinese characters on its cover. Curious, I pick it up.