China drafts law to punish parents for children’s bad behaviour

Beijing: Chinese parents whose young children exhibit “very bad behavior” or commit crimes could be subjected to punishment under the new legislation.

The family education promotion law draft proposes that parents or guardians will be reprimanded and imposed under family guidance programs if prosecutors find bad or criminal behavior in children when given under their care.

The spokesman of Legislative Affairs Commission Zang Tiewei stated, “There are many reasons for adolescents to misbehave, and the lack of or inappropriate family education is the major cause,” under the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s rubber-stamp parliament.
This law will be reviewed at the NPC Standing Committee and exercises an assertive paternal hand this year considering the ever-rising trend of online gaming – deemed as a “spiritual opium” – as well as the “blind” worship of internet celebrities among youngsters.
The family education law urges parents to arrange time for their children to play, exercise and rest.

Recently, the Education Ministry has limited online gaming hours for minors, restricting them to play one hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Moreover, it has reduced homework and banned extra coaching for major subjects during weekends and holidays, considering the work load on children.

Simultaneously, China is urging young Chinese men to be less “feminine” and more “manly”.
As recorded in the issue “Proposal to Prevent the Feminization of Male Adolescents” published in December, the Education Ministry urged schools to promote on-campus sports such as football.