Chinese boy watches TV ‘too much,' gets punished with all-night TV binge

An 8-year-old Chinese boy from central China's Hunan Province was reportedly forced by his parents to watch TV all night as punishment for not doing his homework and watching too much TV.
The boy's parents asked him to do his homework and go to bed by 8:30 p.m. when they left home, but instead of complying, the boy chose to watch TV instead of doing his chores or taking a shower.
The time stamp on still images of CCTV footage from the family home indicates the incident took place on November 11.
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When the parents got home, the boy went straight to bed, but his parents noticed that he didn't finish his homework and dragged him into the living room to punish him. He had to stay up all night in front of the TV and although he seemed relaxed at first, he started crying around 2am.
He tried to sneak back into his room to sleep, but his mother caught him and forced him back to the sofa to watch more TV. His parents reportedly took turns watching over the boy, who wasn't allowed to sleep until 5 a.m.
The story sparked a discussion on Chinese social media, with some commenters criticizing the parents' punishment and others sharing similar experiences.
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One user commented, "I had a similar experience. After taking our three-year-old son, who is a KFC fan, to eat hamburgers and chicken for three days, his enthusiasm has now evaporated.”
"The punishment was too harsh, and what if the boy gets used to staying up late?" another wrote.
Strict parenting—sometimes referred to as tiger parenting—is viewed by some parents as a way of raising their children to be exemplary citizens.
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Tiger education can continue even after adulthood. The story of a 22-year-old woman went viral in June after she revealed her mother makes her take a breathalyzer test when she comes home from a night out with friends.
While tiger parents can sometimes lead to success later in life, a group of researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium found that a harsh parenting environment can lead to depression later in a child's life.
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