Horses to the Rescue of Korea’s Internet-Addicted Teens

Horses to the Rescue of Korea’s Internet-Addicted Teens
Four months ago, the parents of a teenage South Korean girl were at their wits' end over her addiction to surfing the Internet for pornography.

But now, thanks to a horse riding therapy program, their daughter appears to be back in control of her life.

In South Korea, the world's most wired country and where almost two-thirds of the population owns a smartphone, addiction to the Internet has become a major problem. Government data says 680,000 children aged between 10 and 19 are Internet addicts, or around 10 percent of the age group.

"I used to play with computers for seven hours a day, even overnight if my mother went on a trip," said the 14-year old girl, who preferred to be identified only by her surname, Kim.

To counter this sort of situation, the government introduced a so-called "Shutdown…
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