China limits children to 3 hours of online gaming a week

China limits children to 3 hours of online gaming a week

On Friday, China imposed an online game limit of three hours for children aged 12 years old and under. Authorities hope the quota will put a stop to excessive game playing that has led to addiction in some children.

The administration’s notice said the measure was the “most severe” restriction so far on Internet games, which have become increasingly popular among youths in recent years.

It said minors aged under 18 should not play games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., or take part in live-streaming video gaming activities, Web surfing or other forms of entertainment during these times..

Minors in China can only play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays starting Sept 1, according to a notice from the National Press and Publication Administration.
The administration’s notice said the measure was the “most severe” restriction so far on Internet games, which have become increasingly popular among youths in recent years.

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It said minors aged under 18 should not play games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., or take part in live-streaming video gaming activities, Web surfing or other forms of entertainment during these times..

Beijing has tightened its grip on online content since President Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012.

The new rules come after a series of reported incidents involving minors playing violent games for extended amounts of time and causing distress to their families.

In April, a four-year old girl from Anhui province was taken to a hospital after she became addicted to an online game for five hours a day since the beginning of the year.

In June, a 13-year-old boy from Beijing jumped to his death after becoming addicted to a similar game.

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In 2014, another Chinese boy aged 9 years old died after allegedly playing an online game for 23 days straight. However, later that year a doctor confirmed that the boy had been infected with H1N1 influenza virus and died from complications due to the illness, not from excessive use of computer games as initially reported.

The administration said it would punish those who violate the new rules.

It added that the restrictions did not apply to mobile games, but “all PC online games will be included”.

It said minors under 18 should not play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., or take part in live-streaming video gaming activities, web surfing or other forms of entertainment during these times..

The administration’s notice said the measure was the “most severe” restriction so far on Internet games, which have become increasingly popular among youths in recent years.

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It said minors aged under 18 should not play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., or take part in live-streaming video gaming activities, web surfing or other forms of entertainment during these times..

China has tightened its grip on online content since President Xi Jinping came to power in late 2012.

The new restrictions come after a series of reported incidents involving minors playing violent games for extended amounts of time and causing distress to their families.

In April, a four-year old girl from Anhui province was taken to a hospital after she became addicted to an online game for five hours a day since the beginning of the year.

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