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China to limit screen exposure of minors

The measure is an answer to debilitating influence the tech has on children

07.Aug.23 7:00 AM
By Abigail Richards
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China to limit screen exposure of minors

Chinese children under the age of eighteen may soon be allowed only a few hours of online time on their phones each day. The Chinese regulator has proposed this measure. China has been restricting children's screen time for years.

The new rules aim to limit online time for children under eight years old to no more than forty minutes per day. Children between the ages of eight and sixteen will be allowed one hour of internet time per day, while teenagers between sixteen and eighteen will have a two-hour daily allowance. Internet access for minors will be completely blocked between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Tablet and smartphone manufacturers will be required to incorporate software to enforce these regulations, although parents will have the option to disable the time limits for their children.

Critics believe that many parents may not comply with the new rules, and the restrictions may also impose significant financial and logistical burdens on internet platforms. For now, the proposal remains in the hands of the Chinese regulator, and the actual implementation date is unknown.

The intention behind these restrictions is to encourage Chinese children to use the internet in a healthier manner and to prevent internet addiction among minors.

This is not the first time that China has limited children's online time. Since 2021, children in China have been allowed to spend only three hours per week gaming online. Additionally, since last year, children have been prohibited from watching live streams after 10:00 PM.

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