BEIJING, China: China will consider draft legislation, entitled the Family Education Promotion Law, to punish parents if their children exhibit "very bad behavior" or commit crimes.
Under the draft law, if prosecutors agree that a child's behavior is "very bad" or criminal, their guardians will be reprimanded and ordered to undergo family education guidance programs.
Zang Tiewei, spokesman of the Legislative Affairs Commission under the National People's Congress, said, "There are many reasons for adolescents to misbehave, and the lack of or inappropriate family education is the major cause," as quoted by Reuters.
The draft law will be reviewed this week at the National People's Congress Standing Committee session, and encourages parents to ensure their children have time each day to rest, play and exercise.
This year, the government in Beijing has been more socially assertive, introducing policies, such as limiting the access of youngsters to online games, which it deems a form of "spiritual opium," and clamping down on the "blind" worship of internet celebrities.
The education ministry has limited gaming hours for minors to one hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as reduced homework and banned after-school tutoring for major subjects during weekends and holidays to prevent a heavy academic workload from overwhelming children.
China is also urging young Chinese men to be less "feminine" and more "manly," through the "Proposal to Prevent the Feminization of Male Adolescents" issued in December, and is encouraging schools to promote on-campus sports, such as soccer.