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Help our children! 10 million Chinese minors troubled by Internet addiction
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14:46, July 16, 2009

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The Ministry of Health has ordered a halt to a controversial electroshock treatment intended to help treat Internet addiction in teenagers, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday.

The Ministry said the therapy, which was administered by a clinic in Linyi, Shandong province, has not been proven to be safe. [full text]

[Problems exist in China]

Net addiction among Chinese children

Experts warn that Internet addicts are getting younger all the time.
Tao Hongkai, a high-profile campaigner who toured around 20 provinces and cities talking about the seriousness of Internet addiction, once said the youngest patient in China was only two years old. [full text]

Chinese lawmaker warns against child Internet addiction

About 10 percent of the estimated 40 million Chinese children using the Internet were addicted, said Li, secretary-general of the top legislature, in a report on the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Juveniles since it came into force in June 2007. [full text]

[Authorities act to prevent teenage Internet addiction]

China issues first definition of Internet addiction in 2008

Chinese doctors released the country's first diagnostic definition of Internet addiction, amid efforts to address an increasing number of psychological problems that reportedly result from Internet overuse. [full text]

Chinese authority lists 10 "suitable" E-games for teenagers

China's Ministry of Culture has recommended 10 cyber games that are suitable for minors to play as part of its drive to purify the on-line environment for the young. [full text]

"Internet addiction" listed as a mental illness requiring treatment

The "clinical standards in diagnosing Internet addiction" formulated by the General Hospital of Beijing Military Area (acting as the lead agency) recently passed verification by experts. This means standardization will be applied in diagnosing "Internet addiction" in China’s medical field.

In addition, "Internet addiction" will be listed for the first time as a mental illness that needs treatment. [full text]

[Practices to help minors cure Internet addiction]

China to develop technologies fighting minors' Internet addiction>>

Shanghai got camp for Web addicts >>

"Green Dam-Youth Escort" >>

Electrotherapy for young Net addicts >>


[Studying students with Internet addiction offers lessons]

Few question that Zhang Fei is of above-average intelligence. The Sichuan native has earned outstanding scores on the entrance examination to universities each of the three times he took the test and was admitted to China's top schools - Peking University and Tsinghua University.

But his Internet addiction has made it impossible for the 24-year-old to perform up to his full potential while enrolled in university, and he has been forced to drop out twice because of his poor academic performance. [full text]

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