Up to 24 million Chinese youths are addicted to the internet
A classic case of cure not prevention. "We have to use military-style methods such as total immersion and physical training on these young people." I don't really want to imagine the lack of empathy or sympathy these kids receive :-(
Chinese Boot Camp Prison Break
Up to 24 million Chinese youths are addicted to the internet – and half of those are “obsessed” by online games. Treatment centres have popped up around the country, aiming to ‘cure’ these young people from their terrible affliction.
An official at these camps has gone on record to explain what goes on:
“We have to use military-style methods such as total immersion and physical training on these young people. We need to teach them some discipline and help them to establish a regular lifestyle.”
Understandably, it’s not what you’d call fun – and last week, a group of inmates at the Huai’an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they’d had enough of the “monotonous work and intensive training”. Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it.
Six months at the Centre for a cost of 18,000 yuan (US$2,635).
“I don’t think there is any problem with the training methods at the centre. They are for my child’s own good.”
Article Source: www.gamepron.com
The Chinese government supports these centres, releasing a white paper on the topic, which details their commitment to the “online safety” of minors, and promising to take measures to prevent young people “overindulging in the internet” – but it’s not an opinion shared by everyone.
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