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Teen Sent to Internet Addiction Camp Dies Within 48 Hours
KFOR ^ | AUGUST 15, 2017

Posted on 08/16/2017 10:23:13 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A Chinese couple sent their teenage son to an internet addiction treatment camp—and within days, he was dead. As the BBC reports, “boot camps” for internet and gaming addictions have become popular in China, with some being criticized as using harsh military-style discipline on attendees.

Some even beat patients or use electroshock therapy. The 18-year-old who died earlier this month in Fuyang had been sent to a camp that promised “psychological counseling and physical training”; according to the Telegraph, the camp said no corporal punishment would be used.

Two days after the teen was dropped off by his mother on Aug. 3, he was rushed to the hospital, where he died. His parents say doctors told them their son’s body had sustained more than 20 external injuries and that he also suffered internal injuries.

“My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe,” his mother told local media. His cause of death is not yet known, but the director and four teachers from the center have been held by police and the center is shut down as the investigation continues.

According to the Telegraph, it was an illegal camp that had already been ordered by officials to cease operations. The Washington Post runs down similar tragedies at other camps, including the beating deaths of a 15-year-old and a 19-year-old.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Health/Medicine; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: addiction; china; internet; psychology; rehab; teens

1 posted on 08/16/2017 10:23:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sad.is anybody addicted to helping others? It might be that internet addicts are trying to fill a need for true interpersonal relationship with latest fad/gadgets...


2 posted on 08/16/2017 10:51:53 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to finppld.)
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To: Getready

They’re just looking for something that actually reacts.


3 posted on 08/16/2017 10:56:26 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: nickcarraway

Bummer.

They could have saved a bunch of money if instead of sending him to camp they just got him the app.


4 posted on 08/16/2017 11:06:15 PM PDT by golux
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To: nickcarraway

I’m presently reading a book about several young adults in China. One narrowly escaped being sent to camp for World of Warcraft addiction. He persuaded his parents that it was a waste of money ... so they took him back to the farm, where there wasn’t electricity, let alone Internet.


5 posted on 08/17/2017 2:06:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You can't read all day if you don't start early in the morning.)
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To: Tax-chick

Good choice. Can’t electrocute him to death with shock therapy there.


6 posted on 08/17/2017 2:35:08 AM PDT by Krosan
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To: Krosan

Nope. He got bored, went back to college, and graduated.


7 posted on 08/17/2017 2:36:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You can't read all day if you don't start early in the morning.)
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To: Tax-chick

There’s a lot of shady stuff I have read about these “Tough Love” camps. Sadists and Pedophiles just flock to this business as now they can do their hearth’s desire under somewhat legal protection.

It is a complex topic, but I think the answer here is that parents should be held criminally responsible if it can be proven they didn’t give a damn.

Like this case a little more than 20 years ago with 15 year old Aaron Bacon killed in one of these camps - http://articles.latimes.com/1995-01-15/magazine/tm-20285_1_private-school-public-school-gifted

Two other kids had been killed in this same camp before. Parents should have checked this thing, but right now it seems they send their kid to the care of sadists and get money when the kid is killed.

After a score of that kind of incidents and scandals that industry had to somewhat shape up in the USA, but I am sure China is behind in every way and the people from this neighborhood are known to be inventive tortures.


8 posted on 08/17/2017 3:55:40 AM PDT by Krosan
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To: Krosan

China is very far behind. Deaths in the “rehab” facilities aren’t unusual.


9 posted on 08/17/2017 4:03:49 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You can't read all day if you don't start early in the morning.)
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To: nickcarraway

Internet = The New Opium


10 posted on 08/17/2017 4:07:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

What was his FReeper name?


11 posted on 08/17/2017 4:17:27 AM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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To: nickcarraway
Put "HTTP 404" on his headstone.

-PJ

12 posted on 08/17/2017 4:40:26 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (The 1st Amendment gives the People the right to a free press, not CNN the right to the 1st question.)
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To: nickcarraway
The Washington Post runs down

What they are always doing. When they aren't running away.

13 posted on 08/17/2017 4:44:31 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: nickcarraway

Wow! In China scar tissue can form in 2 days. Must be something in the water.


14 posted on 08/17/2017 4:55:50 AM PDT by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: nickcarraway

Of course the OTHER OPTION for parents is to simply not buy their kids smart phones, but I guess that’s too much to ask.


15 posted on 08/17/2017 5:38:29 AM PDT by BobL (In Honor of the NeverTrumpers, I declare myself as FR's first 'Imitation NeverTrumper')
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“My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe,”

Scasrs after two days? It's a miracle.

16 posted on 08/17/2017 6:18:07 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment." - Will Rogers)
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To: nickcarraway
Anyone know what their method is? Is it negative reinforcement, like in Clockwork Orange? Or just gratuitous random sadism?
17 posted on 08/17/2017 7:00:26 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Getready
"...is anybody addicted to helping others?..."

Yes, they are called sympathy trolls and ultimately, they are doing it for themselves; it is not altruism.

18 posted on 08/17/2017 9:28:12 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan (Trump's election does not release you from your prepping responsibilites!)
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To: bray

“What was his FReeper name?”

I don’t know but I can think of a few FReepers that I wish it was.:-)

.


19 posted on 08/17/2017 9:32:59 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears

My kids also like to play Disney games online at http://www.friv4online.com/ . They can spend hours playing Disney Debutante Ball and Pooh Bear Honey Truck. That’s true that Disney games can be quite addictive. But I think that playing video games a lot doesn’t necessarily imply addiction. I used to play games when I have short breaks at work. It helps me to get rid of stress.


20 posted on 08/30/2017 1:23:36 AM PDT by williams55
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