China has brought in new rules to limit children’s internet usage – specifically the amount of time playing online video games.
From now children under 18 are only allowed to play games for one hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays. Furthermore, children dont get a choice about when to play the games. It must be between the hours of 8pm to 9pm.
These restrictions apply to all devices including phones.
In 2019, children were restricted to playing games for up to three hours during holiday periods and1.5 hours on other days.
The change is thought to be a reaction to growing concern about gaming addiction among young people.
A government spokesperson was quoted as saying, “teenagers are the future” and that “protecting the physical and mental health” of children is a vital interest.