China to 'Detox' Internet Addicted Youth at Special Camp

China is launching an experimental summer camp for 40 youngsters to try to wean them off their internet addiction, state media said.

The 10-day program would accept youngsters aged between 14 and 22 once they had undergone a psychological test and evaluation, according to a report on

About 2.6 million – or 13 per cent – of China's 20 million internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported.

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The youngsters at the summer camp would be treated for depression, fear, unwillingness to interact with others, panic and agitation.

It would appear to be offering a softer option than the internet Addiction Treatment Centre near Beijing which uses a blend of therapy and military drills to treat children addicted to online games, internet pornography and cybersex.