Child practices calligraphy
Media playback is unsupported on your device
Video

Calligraphy classes for China's internet generation

Schools in China are running more classes in calligraphy because computer use and text-messaging are ruining children's writing style.

The rapid development and popularity of mobile phones and computers had weakened pupils' ability to write Chinese characters, according to the education ministry.

Calligraphy comes from the Greek for "beautiful writing". In Chinese it is "shufa" - the law, or method, of writing. Juliana Liu reports.