China is taking a stance against children being addicted to gaming, introducing a harsh restriction that will limit children to only 3 hours of a gaming a week. Is it fair?

Chinese regulators are cracking down on technology use with minors, by setting some rules around when and how much they can use. The current rules are that kids can play gaming consoles for 1.5 hours a day, and 3 hours on public holidays. The new rules will limit children to three hours a week in total.

According to an announcement from the National Press and Publication Administration states that from September 1 under-18s in China can only play games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays.


There have been growing concerns that the large Chinese technology companies behind the gaming brands have too much influence on society. Gaming giant, Tencent had said in August that it would limit gaming time for minors to an hour a day and two hours during holidays, as well as ban children under the age of 12 from making in-game purchases.

For years the Chinese government has been concerned about gaming addiction. For years they have set up clinics which combine therapy and military drills for those with “gaming disorders”.

Now regulators have issues even stricter guidelines that the Chinese gaming giants must now abide to, which will be closely monitored. There will be frequent and thorough inspections to make sure that the large technology companies are doing the right thing.

These rules aren’t something that China will be particularly monitoring individuals for any infractions, but they are more interested in keeping the large technology companies accountable.

Do you think this is fair? Would your kids abide by these rules?

  • I get the idea of it but it should be up to us as parents as to what we allow our kids to do. What will they want to control next?


  • Too many people can be seen walking around staring at their phones and not watching where they’re going, I think 3 hours a week is a bit drastic though.


  • We exercise moderation and balance in all things which includes technology and screen time.


  • This is a really good idea. As a kid I would have hated it but as a parent I love it


  • I’m glad this isn’t about individual children so much as it is regulating the industry. It might be a bit too far, and it seems difficult to enforce.


  • This is the future though!
    Kids get paid bank playing video games while others watch.
    But I guess their country has always been super strict on their kids.


  • A limit on screen time is a good idea, but I doubt that democratic countries would be able to enforce it like a Communist country can.


  • Yes, a limit would be good, but 3 hours a week is a little harsh …..


  • I think it’s a great idea. Children and people spend too much time on Social Media and playing games. Children’s minds are so formative and to allow them to spend endless time on media gadgets is destructive to their creativity and imagination. Social media and gaming isolate people from each other. I remember when it was beneficial at times to speak and interact with your neighbours, and find out who they were and be on hand if necessary to help. People are so cut off these days and I see most people walking around with their heads in their phones. I had a woman walk in front of my vehicle with her head in her phone. If I wasn’t alert I would have hit her. She was not even perturbed that she almost got hit. I told her you can die from that. She just kept on walking. In my town there was a young man who was killed when he was on his mobile and he stepped out from two cars and a courier vehicle hit him and he was killed instantly, because he wasn’t using road safety and watching where he was going, instead of burying his head in his phone. I felt for the courier and the trauma she suffered from the accident as it wasn’t her fault. I think mobiles phones are destructive if they are not used for their correct purpose. I’m glad they weren’t created when I was raising my children. It never hurt us not to have mobile contact. If you couldn’t get someone on their home phone you left a message and they would call you back when they got home. We should be spending more time building relationships with other’s and family members, which is a good idea I think and I believe. Everyone seems to be too busy for that these days, and their time is eaten up with media. It is a sad reflection of our society, as people have lost the true art of conversation and communication.

    • Yeah it is a sad development. Tricky thing now with Covid that everything goes via our devices ! We have Zoom and Teams catch ups, do our groveries online, study online, submit our work online, banking online, orders and business online and address many issues online….
      How are we even going to turn that back ?


  • A limit of 3 hours of gaming a week is a great idea. Children these days spend so much time on their screens for all sorts of things so just limiting game time would have huge benefits to their well being.

    • I agree – less time on screens and more time focused on overall wellbeing and exercise.


  • This is a great idea


  • Whilst I do believe screen time is absolutely an issue, how would you police this? Kids have screen for school, phones that do everything… there’s no getting away from it.


  • Great idea- they need to do that here! It’s proven too much screen time is harmful to development. I wonder how they’ll enforce it though…


  • Wow bit excessive


  • I agree, government shouldn’t interfere on parenting level, but keeping the large technology companies accountable is a good thing

    • Yes definitely! Individual freedoms are important, but industry should have done accountability


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