How do I know if my child has a video game addiction?

Issues can arise when behaviour changes, but there are benefits to gaming

A child who can easily stop or close a video game in a reasonable amount of time when asked does not have an addiction. Photograph: iStock

A child who can easily stop or close a video game in a reasonable amount of time when asked does not have an addiction. Photograph: iStock

New rules introduced in China have once again curtailed the level of gaming for anyone under the age of 18. With a gaming regulator first introduced in 2018, the Chinese government has long been a harsh critic of video games, with spending limits and stringent registration with identification being introduced.

The latest round of restrictions, introduced in August, reduce time spent gaming online to three hours a week and strictly between the hours of 8pm to 9pm on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. The physical and mental implications of online gaming have been a concern for parents, who have called on the regulator for tighter measures.

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