Teenager Killed By Internet Addiction

Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 12, 2009 -- The police have been arrested three adult supervisors, who were supposed to be attempting to cure sixteen year-old Deng Senshan, of his compulsive computer use. Senshan died at a Survival Training Camp.

In Nanning Guangxi province, a police officer told the Chinese state media, “The case is still under investigation. We are investigating a case where a high school student was beaten to death by his camp supervisors".

The boy's father, Deng Fei said he had paid 7,000 yuan (£605) for the boy to spend a month at the Guangxi Qihuang Survival Training camp, which promised to cure the boy of his Internet addiction. The clinic’s mission statement said it would be a tough environment, but that torture and "other methods that might damage a child’s health" were not in use.

The father said his son had been put into solitary confinement immediately after arriving at the camp. The boy was hit by his supervisors because he was moving too slowly.

In North China, the Health Minister ordered an Internet addiction clinic to cease from using electro-shock therapy as part of its treatment. There are numerous Internet addiction boot camps and clinics all over China. Former patients complained online they had received cruel treatment.

Many people are querying whether IAD should rightly be diagnosed as a 'mental disorder'. Elias Aboujaoude, from the Stanford University School of Medicine, is a firm believer that Internet addiction should not be considered a clinical disorder.

IAD, or Internet overuse is been classed as problematic, when computer use interferes with daily life. This type of behaviour can include excessive viewing of pornography, overwhelming and excessive gambling, inappropriate involvement in social networking, or blogging, excessive Internet shopping and compulsive online game playing.

Senshan is not the first person to have died in a Chinese Internet Addiction Camp, funded by the government.

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Press Release Submitted On: August 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm
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