In an effort to cure the country’s internet addiction, China is looking towards its kids, and sending some of them to a military-style boot camp to wean them off their online addictions.
There are as many as 250 internet addiction camps throughout the country. Each center uses military instruction to inculcate habits of discipline.
Parents usually pay twice the average Beijing monthly salary, around 1,700 Renminbi to send their kids to places like these.
Once inside, these internet-addicted kids are kept behind bars and guarded by around-the-clock soldiers.
Kids are forced to clean, wash, cook meals, and take part in military-style drills during the four to eight-month-long boot camps. Classes also cover music and traditional Chinese lion dancing. Basically, anything away from the computer.
A nurse distributes medicine at the Daxing centre.
An instructor talks to female students in their dormitory.
Some internet boot camps also take part in research projects and scan the brains of addicts.
There’s no clear indicator of what constitutes an internet addict in China.
Students take part in music class during an internet-free few months.
A teacher talks to an instructor through a window of a door at the Qide Education Center.
Students are given military-style punishments at the internet-free boot camps.
Students clean and wash during their months away from home.
Some kid does sit ups instead of blogging or something.
Therapists believe that a child’s internet addiction arises out of loneliness or China’s extremely competitive culture.
Treatment also includes hours of therapy. And medication is given out in an effort to aid the kids in the program.
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A student who completed a six-month course bows to the head teacher.
Students wave as a former internet addict goes home.