Feeds

China says there's no such thing as net addiction

Then warns on 'inappropriate use of internet'

Seven Steps to Software Security

China's health ministry has turned down the country's rhetoric on internet addiction, and has warned against "boot camp" style approaches for habitual web abusers.

The ministry has issued guidelines for "inappropriate use of internet" saying there was no precise definition of internet addiction, state news agency Xinhua reports.

It said the principles of dealing with inappropriate use were no violence, no restriction on freedom and no "destructive surgeries". If psychiatric style symptoms emerged, then victims should turn to proper medical institutions, it said.

The government has already written off electro convulsive (shock) therapy as a treatment for net addiction.

The latest guidelines sound like a sharp rebuke to the advocates of quackery that has led to a number of tragedies, including the death of 16 year old Den Senshan in August.

Tao Ran, director of the country's first Internet addiction clinic under the Beijing Military Command General Hospital, was apparently untroubled by the redefinition, telling Xinhua "Internet addiction is a disease."

But, he added, it is one "which cannot be cured by military training or physical punishment,"

"It's dangerous that the treatment market is in a total mess. We need standards and guidelines," Tao said. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists
Researchers, advocates, health workers among those on shot-down plane
World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record
One charge sees Sunswift travel 500kms at over 100 km/h
SMELL YOU LATER, LOSERS – Dumbo tells rats, dogs... humans
Junk in the trunk? That's what people have
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.