Should Hong Kong follow mainland China’s tightened gaming time limits for kids? One party thinks so
- An online poll by pro-establishment political party DAB found that many kids in Hong Kong played online games for up to three hours to five hours each day
- The DAB called on video game developers to help supervise the kids who use their online gaming services and censor content that may be harmful to them
More than 50 per cent of those surveyed said their children played online games for more than three hours a day, while nearly 20 per cent said their kids played video games more than five hours each day, according to the DAB.
China limits online gaming time for young people to 3 hours a week
At the press conference, DAB called on video game developers to help supervise the kids who use their online gaming services and censor content that may be harmful to them.
Cheng indicated that if the developers took no action, then that would warrant government intervention.
“The developers allow teenagers to play games with obscene or violent content, and make in-game purchases,” said Cheng, who described the current situation as unacceptable. “Authorities should ban games with obscene, bloody and violent content, and forbid in-game purchases that cater to minors.”
The NGO found 56 per cent of those polled agreed or were inclined to agree that they had spent more time playing video games during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey, however, did not specify how many more hours they spent on gaming during this period.
The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), China’s top watchdog for gaming and other forms of online media, last month issued new rules that limit gaming time for players aged under 18 to between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. The rules also cap in-game spending to 200 yuan (US$31) a month for those aged between 8 and 16 years old and 400 yuan per month for 16- to 18-year-old gamers.
The NPPA’s rules also directed video gaming companies to strictly implement real-name registration and login systems in all of their games.