China to consider law to punish parents for young children's 'very bad behavior'

China's parliament will move to consider legislation that would punish parents for the crimes or "very bad behavior" of their young children.

The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee will review the draft of the law at a session this week, according to Reuters

The draft family education promotion law would require guardians of children who commit crimes or partake in very bad behavior to go through a family education guidance program. The draft also encourages parents to allocate time for their children to rest, play and exercise, Reuters reported.

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"There are many reasons for adolescents to misbehave, and the lack of or inappropriate family education is the major cause," Zang Tiewei, spokesman for the NPC's Legislative Affairs Commission, said to Reuters.

Earlier this year, China formally amended its two-child policy to permit all married couples to have three children, another loosening of the decades-old policy that stunted the country's population growth.

But the government has increasingly been asserting itself in domestic life, issuing guidance earlier this year on how much time children are allowed to play games online and limiting online study time to lessen the burden on young students who may be overwhelmed. 

The ruling party has denounced the "spiritual opium" of online gaming and "blind" worship of celebrities online, Reuters added, and has also urged young Chinese men to be more manly, with the Education Ministry circulating a "Proposal to Prevent the Feminisation of Male Adolescents."