Shock treatment for internet addiction...(actually being used)

United States
February 22, 2007 1:41pm CST
This is actually being used on kids .... How do you feel about this treatment being used on kids?Personally I will tell you straight up I am against it.Here's what the report said: a 12 year old boy recieves electric shock treatment for his internet addiction. July 2005. China treats internet addicts sternly....Leaders see a grave social problem....treatment includes electric shock. survey found that nearly 14% of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the internet, the chinese goverment has launched a nationwide campaign to stamp out what Communist Youth League calls "a grave social problem" that threatens the nation.
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• Ireland
22 Feb 07
So what are they doing about all the adults who allow the children to use the internet? These are more to blame than the children. Words fail me. I am appalled that anybody would even consider doing something like that to children. I give up!
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I know parents need to be accountable for their children instead of blaming the children guide them & teach them...right?
22 Feb 07
That's terrible! I never even knew anything like this was possible! I guess it is an addiction too but i'm not sure it's a bad thing. If their grounds are social they have to take into consideration the ways in which the internet is used to organize social events by kids on the likes of Myspace. If this was allowed in Britian they would have made me have it a long time ago lol. I really think the internet is an amazing and valuable thing, people shouldn't be made to stop using it as much as they want.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
I agree the internet provides alot of good. And if it is such a problem for these kids then the kids should be exposed to other social activities.You're right. :) If China can't handle it maybe they should stop making computers and buying them...(lol)
@imsilver (1667)
• Canada
23 Feb 07
oh my goodness. I wouldn't agree with shock treatment as a cure for anything.. least of all, internet addiction. It's crazy. How do the parents go along with this? I wouldn't let anyone use shock treatment on my child.
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@freak369 (5123)
• United States
22 Feb 07
He wasn't 12, he was 17. Here is the link for the article: http://www.mediachannel.org/wordpress/2007/02/22/china-stern-treatment-for-young-internet-addicts/ Unless I missed it, that article mentions nothing about shock treatment. Just a radical new approach to trying to control access to the internet and limiting the amount of time people can be on it.
• United States
22 Feb 07
The link I am referring to is: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17251571/ If you will notice the picture caption...it says shock treatment is being used on a 12 year old. As far as I'm concerned it is not okay to take that kind of "control" over the situation and I really don't think age is the point..."shock treatment is wrong."
@lonewolfnan (4367)
• Canada
25 Feb 07
I have known a few people who have gone thru electro shock therapy(yes people,it is still done in Canada today) and the side effects on them were absolutely terrible.The main one was the loss of memory that even years later has not returned.Walking around like zombies for the first while after and having to be retrained maked this method unacceptable! Now seeing how the Chinese government is recommending this treatment to its people(forget about the age),my frustration is back up as is my lack of belief in "modern science". The rate of addiction in China seems to be very high and one wonders why that is.Is this a case of extremes whereyou are brought up believing what ever you do,give it everything you got 24/7?Introducing things into a society that has had very minimal contact with the rest of the world results in unintentional side effects(ask the American Indian what he thought of the first white settlers bring the measles with them).