New law of the Chinese government made the whole world think
Chinese state media reports that China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) has issued a notice aimed at combating video game addiction among young people. According to the new rules, online application developers must provide access to their games to users under the age of 18 only from 20:00 to 21:00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on public holidays. In total, children can spend no more than three hours a week on the phone. Isn’t it a turnkey solution for parents around the world?
As such, the NPPA is calling for stricter enforcement of policies that require players to use their real names to register and log in to game portals, calling on providers to block users who do not comply with these rules. “The limited amount of play time for minors is understandable and acceptable as some online games can play an active role in children’s development, such as sports, programming or chess,” Chinese officials said.
This is not the first bill aimed at combating child gambling. For example, in 2019, China introduced rules prohibiting users under the age of 18 from playing video games late at night. In July, reports first surfaced that gaming giant Tencent had begun using facial recognition software to keep children from playing games between 10 pm and 8 am.