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China Bans the Beating of Internet Addicts

Internet addiction treatment clinics are popping up all over the world. During early September we learned of a rehab center that offered habit-kicking programs for addictions to things such as World of Warcraft for just $14,000. Britain has launched its own internet addiction program as well.

While each country may have a different cultural view on how to deal with addiction, the Chinese government has outlined what not to do with internet addicted youths – and that's physically beating them.

The AFP reported that China is banning the beating and confinement of youths being treated for internet addiction. The new regulations posted on the health ministry's website on Wednesday and stressed that restraint must be used in dealing with such youngsters.

The notice read: "Parents and teachers must analyse the causes and not arbitrarily condemn, hit or scold youths... intervention methods that restrict personal freedom are strictly forbidden and corporal punishment (is) strictly forbidden."

Such regulation is likely in response to the death of a 15-year-old boy, who was beat to death at an internet addiction camp in southern China's Guangxi region.

China currently has an estimated 400 private internet rehabilitation clinics.