No, it is not a wanted poster; Hunan parents put up notice requesting internet cafés not to allow their teenage son to access internet

Updated:Fri, Aug 2, 2013 10:36 AM   By Bernd Chang

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A Chinese father posts notices at entrance to all nearby 10+ internet cafés as a method to treat internet addiction of his son. „Please not allow him to access internet”, read the notices which contain a head image, the age and the name of his teenage son.

A Chinese father from Shaoyang city, Hunan province posted Wanted poster alike notices at entrance to internet cafés requesting the cafés not to allow his teenage son to surf on internet so as to treat the internet addiction of his son.

 

How to treat the bad habits of the children has perplexed millions parents around the world. A Chinese father from Shaoyang city, Hunan province has thought of a unique and controversial method to cure the internet addiction of his teenage son: post "wanted posters" at entrance to internet cafés.

„Please not allow him to access internet”, read the notices which contain a head image, the age and the name of his teenage son. And even a mobile phone number is provided as contact information to report if the son is spotted surfing on internet.

As soon as a web user 世界之窗叶秀梅 posted the picture of the notice in Daxiang Forum (大湘社区) on Feb. 17, the action of the Shaoyang father has drawn controversy among Chinese netizens.

“The parents have really given much thought to the internet addiction of their son!” commented one netizen.

“Oh, my god, it looks like a Wanted poster!” commented another netizen. This comment has been repeated by many other netizens.

A reporter from Xiaoxiang Morning News then did some digging and called the mobile phone number left on the notices.

A woman with the surname Zhang answered the phone call and said the notice was not only consented by her son, but was thought out by her husband and her son Wu Jianxue after they held a “deep discussion” and the notices were posted by them together at entrance to all nearby 10 and more internet cafés.

According to Mrs. Zhang, Wu Jianxue is a senior middle school student and has been obsessed with internet since a year ago. “Maybe we did not think comprehensively. I had not expected the notice has been spreading so soon on Chinese internet”, said Mrs. Zhang.

Many Chinese netizens raise question on the measure of the Hunan parents to treat internet addiction of their son.

„Although the measure is consented by the minor, but as a senor high school student, the teenager has face and his own dignity and he must feel uncomfortable in heart”, commented a netizen.

“Internet addiction has plagued many minors and this method reflects the helplessness of the parents”, said psychologist Dan Ni, “It is helpful to access internet in a suitable manner. The method employed by the Hunan parents has some effect to treat the internet addiction disorder of their teenage son, but can not cure it.”

 

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