Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/09/16/china_film/
Chinese film warns of teenage net dangers
Rebels without a clue
A new film has been released in China which tackles the gritty problem of adolescents and the net.
Over the last two years Chinese authorities have closed thousands of internet cafes amid fears that accessing the web is damaging the "mental health of teenagers" while spreading "unhealthy online information".
In a bid to shine a light on the problems Internet Teenagers - which is in colour, by the way - follows the effort of "model teacher" Suo Lala to help a group of "problem children", reports China Daily.
The film's director, Shi Xuehai, told the paper: "When shouldered with too much hope and pressure from their teachers at school and parents at home, some of the students choose to indulge themselves in virtual reality, where they believe they can find relaxation, entertainment, self-esteem and friendship, and not to face real life.
"The lack of positive and effective educating and parenting styles have led to many tragedies in schools and homes, such as adolescent delinquency and suicides," he said.
The flick is currently in cinemas around China. We'll let you know when the film is available online. ®