China to ban minors from playing online games from midnight to 8 a.m.

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Beijing [China], Feb. 7 (ANI): China is planning to ban online games for minors from midnight to 8:00 a.m., according to a draft regulation on the protection of minors issued by the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs. According to the draft that was issued on January 6, all people under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use online game services from midnight to 8:00 a.m., reports People Daily online. Experts believe it will be a good measure to prevent minors' Internet addiction. But implementation of the policy requires not only users' registration information, but a verification and recognition system for minors. By June 2016, the total number of China's netizens who are minors reached 160 million, accounting for 23 percent of the country's netizens. Liu Chunquan, a lawyer from a law firm in Shanghai, believes the country should implement such measures, since minors are unable to effectively control themselves, and addiction to online games may harm their mental and physical health. (ANI)