China: Parents Get Power Against Game Addiction

February 1, 2011 -

China, like Korea and other regions in the world, is trying to find ways to combat game addiction and what better way to do it then by letting parents take some control of the situation? Starting next month a new program called "parental watch project" will launch in China. It will require online gaming companies to provide parents access to a special call center and web site that lets parents monitor their children's activities online.

Besides the ability to monitor what their children are doing, parents will have a kill switch, allowing them to limit or ban their kids from online activities.

Child psychologists in the United States suggest that children should not have more than two hours of screen-time per day. The Ministry of Public Security says that children should only have about two hours of screen-time a week or spend more than $1.50 USD on online gaming services.

Some, like 27-year-old gamer Liu Kun, think it's a waste of time: "The kids can easily use a fake adult ID to get back into the game. They can just hide from their parents," Kun tells China Daily.

Source: People's Daily Online by way of Kotaku


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Re: China: Parents Get Power Against Game Addiction

Call centers are so far away. How about talking to the kid instead?

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