There are at least 400 unlicensed rehabilitation camps in China as a solution to the rapidly growing number of parents with Internet addicted kids.
At least one child has died. Internet has become very popular in China and teens are becoming addicted to it. This is happening all over the world, really, but in China they decided to do something serious about it. Parents have begun to ship their kids off to rehab camps that are really boot camps with glorified names. There are at least 400 private rehabilitation camps that are unlicensed in China now.
They say there are 10 million teenage web addicts in China. The centers or camps are pretty brutal, too. Many others are believed to be beaten regularly.
One boy was sent to a camp and within a week had been beaten severely three times and was in solitary confinement. I’m pretty sure the boy was waterboarded, because he was found to have water in his lungs and his kidneys were failing. All of this within a week of being at the rehab camp! Another teen died at a rehab camp. He was only 15 and they found him severely beaten.
After blogs were posted online describing intense electro-shock therapy at the camps, the government banned it. Kids were claiming they were shocked for up to 30 minutes at a time. Camp owners have stated that physical punishment is an effective and necessary means for rehabilitation.