In the first country to label online addiction a disorder, parents are taking screen-obsessed teens to treatment centres for sometimes dubious cures

It was around midnight when the taxi pulled up outside the prison-like compound and Xiong Chengzuo’s parents delivered him to the man they call the “evil godfather”.

Earlier that day, the trio had set off from their home, more than 600km (370 miles) away, on what Xiong’s parents claimed was a family outing. In fact, their destination was a boot-camp-style treatment centre for troubled teens and internet addicts whose online obsession has their parents worried.

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