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Can Boot Camp Cure China's Young Internet Addicts?

With many young people in China immersed in the cyber world, spending hours gaming online, some parents turn to boot camps to crush addiction.

. Students receive a group punishment during a military-style close-order drill class at the Qide Education Center in Beijing on Feb. 19, 2014. The Qide Education Center is a military-style boot camp which offers treatment for internet addiction. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. A man plays a computer game at an internet cafe in Beijing on May 9.

As growing numbers of young people in China immerse themselves in the cyber world, spending hours playing games online, worried parents are increasingly turning to boot camps to crush addiction. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. Students stand in front of the Chinese national flag as they prepare to take part in a military drill at the Qide Education Center in Beijing on June 11. Military-style boot camps, designed to wean young people off their addiction to the internet, number as many as 250 in China alone. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. Students eat a meal at the Qide Education Center in Beijing on Feb. 19. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. A boy who was addicted to the internet, has his brain scanned for research purposes at Daxing Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Beijing on Feb. 22. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters

. A student who has completed a six month course hugs a classmate at the Qide Education Center in Beijing on June 11. Kim Kyung-hoon / Reuters