Social media users too quick to jump to conclusions about video of boy on train

Social media users too quick to jump to conclusions about video of boy on train

The boy was doing homework on the train (Stock image)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Social media users have been criticised in China for being too quick to jump to conclusions.

A video had been posted online of a boy with a fold-up table doing his homework whilst travelling on a train, causing many to accuse schools of giving children too much work and claim parents are too pushy on social media.

Most of the comments were posted on Weibo, which is similar to Twitter. One said: "Parents are attaching too much importance to grades and turning their own social pressures on to their kids."

They went on to say that while there has been much talk of changing education to be less exam focused and include more quality teaching, education is "getting worse."

Although the video of the boy doing homework is genuine, there has not been any evidence to show he was forced to work on the train, according to The South China Morning Post.

His mother has now said the boy asked her if he could do his homework on the train as he often gets bored, and then he would have more recreational time at home.

She also explained that at the time the video was filmed she "happened to be taking a table home" so decided it would make sense if he used it then.

But the mother also claimed it was not usual for her son to complete work on the journeys.