HKFWS reaches youngsters in their campuses. With the aim of "strengthening families", we provide professional counselling service to nurture youngsters’ holistic development. Stepping into the Generation Z, youngsters indulge in internet, which creates family conflicts and parenting problems. Our social workers help youngsters facilitate their communications with parents and relieve family tension to promote mutual respect and understanding among family members.

Abuse (Internet / Drugs)

My children spend all their time surfing websites and playing online games. I worried that they will have internet addiction but I am not familiar with this problem.

First of all, it is suggested that parents should try to find out the cause of their children’s internet addiction problem. Many parents might simply think their children find the online games too attractive and they are immature to spend their time wisely. Actually, the internet addiction is just the tip of an iceberg. It is important for parents to be aware that the addiction problem is an indicator showing the unmet needs of young internet addicts. For example, children relying on the internet may be a manifestation of their needs for gaining sense of achievement, or they regard this as the only way out to seek excitement and relieve their dissatisfaction. Hence, it is important for parents to find out the cause of the internet addiction problem so as to address the needs of their children.

Source: Ms. Lok, Social Worker, Hong Kong Family Welfare Society