Gaming companies over in China are set to provide a monitoring service to all parents in an attempt to stop high levels of internet gaming addiction.
At the forefront of this campaign is the Ministry of Culture, a collection of eight government departments. They announced that gaming companies will be required to implement the ‘parental watch project’ from the 1st March to cut these excessive levels of Internet gaming addiction.
According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the number of people who have internet addiction has risen to around 33-million.
Tested back in February last year, parents can order the games companies to restrict their children’s online gaming times by setting either a daily or weekly limit, or imposing a ‘full-time ban’ on the player.
This means that games accounts will be monitored regularly to prevent children from playing ‘improper’ games. The games companies are going to be required to setup special webpages and hotlines to support the project.
The Shanghai University said: “although the plan has been born from good intentions, it does not actually target the problem.
The government should instead target the Internet cafés that allow children to play unrestricted online.
It’s a governmental gesture rather than an efficient solution,”
-Via IT Portal
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