Abuse is no cure

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Sev­eral teenagers re­cently posted com­plaints on­line about phys­i­cal and men­tal abuse they say they suf­fered at a treat­ment cen­ter for In­ter­net ad­dic­tion in Nan­chang, Jiangxi Prov­ince. Such treat­ment cen­ters have been heav­ily crit­i­cized, but they still ex­ist be­cause of a huge de­mand from Chi­nese par­ents. At their wits’ end see­ing their In­ter­net-ad­dicted chil­dren seem­ingly wast­ing their time and at­ten­tion, many par­ents see th­ese places as a last re­sort. Un­for­tu­nately for their kids the cure is of­ten worse than the dis­ease. What th­ese chil­dren re­ally need is help from pa­tient par­ents and school teach­ers, not vi­o­lent meth­ods. Par­ents have to step up and au­thor­i­ties must take ac­tion. There can only be zero tol­er­ance for such abuse of our youth.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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