Horses Rescue South Korea's Internet-Addicted Teens
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This 14-year-old girl would much rather be surfing the Internet than riding horses. But Kim, whose real name has been withheld, is addicted to the Web. And she and some of her peers are in a horse riding therapy program that her parents hope will help her regain control of her life.

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This 14-year-old girl would much rather be surfing the Internet than riding horses. But Kim, whose real name has been withheld, is addicted to the Web. And she and some of her peers are in a horse riding therapy program that her parents hope will help her regain control of her life. SOUNDBITE: "Kim", saying (Korean): "I used to play with computers for seven hours a day, even overnight if my mother went on a trip." South Korea is the world's most wired country where more than 30 million people own a Smartphone. And government data says 680,000 children between the ages of 10 and 19 are Internet addicts. At the Riding Healing Center Kim receives different types of professional counseling, but she believes the horses help her the most. SOUNDBITE: "Kim", saying (Korean): "I care about horses and think about how I could ride them better, which has made me lose interest in computers or the Internet." The Korean Riding Association has two therapy centres and plans to build 30 more by 2022. So that teenagers like Kim can get the support they need to heal.