China Put A Curfew On Late-night Online Gaming To Reduce Addiction

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The Chinese government considering the harmful effects of gaming addiction on the minors implemented a curfew on minors, also will restrict the gaming companies

Written By Pragya Puri | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Gaming as much as it is helpful in de-stressing, it can have harmful effects as well. The Chinese government considering the harmful effects of gaming addiction on the minors implemented a curfew on minors.

Chinese Govt. impose new regulations

The National Press and Publication Administration on November 5 released a set of rules and regulations to be followed by the gamers. According to the release the children under the age of 18 have been banned from playing any online games after 10 pm and before 8 am. The minors will be allowed to play games for a time period of 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. The new regulations have been drafted so that there can be a restriction to the money spent on the online games which range from 200 yuan ($29) to 400 yuan ($57) depending on the age group. The government following strict measures have asked the minor to provide their identification numbers in order to log in.

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China to combat gaming addiction 

On the other hand, the Chinese online gaming companies will also limit the number of releases considering the health concerns faced in Chinese society due to gaming addiction. The regulations have been implemented to control the Chinese gaming industry which is the largest in the world. The rules should also be made clear to the parents and help keep a check on their children. These new regulations were “guided by” Xi Jinping who believes in socialism. In the past, he has even criticized video games that contribute to myopia in Chinese children. 

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China’s new headband 

Children in China have been undergoing a trial for a new headband that detects brainwaves and tracks the engagement and the attention level of students during a class. The Focus1 headbands have been designed by a Massachusetts-based start-up by the name of BrainCo, which has been founded by Han Bicheng, a PhD from the Center of Brain Science from Harvard University

According to a description given at the BrainCo website, the technology in the headbands will help teachers with certain kinds of feedbacks that will be contextually relevant and will capture real-time actions of the students that will in turn help teachers to make sustained improvements in their skillsets. The Focus1 headbands cost a total of 3,465 Yuan and have sensors installed in them that have been specifically engineered to enable individual use and integrate dozens of headbands that will have the benefit of being simultaneously managed and monitored by a single portal with real-time statistics.

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