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 News.com.au.

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.