Combat online gaming addiction

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CHINA, the world’s largest video games market on Monday introduced new rules that limit the amount of time under 18s can spend on video games to three hours a week, a move it said was necessary to combat gaming addiction and was in response to growing concerns that games affect the physical and mental health of children.

Whilst learning some lesson from China, our authorities concerned must also take the requisite steps for the wellbeing of children and save them from the gaming addiction.

Online Multiplayer games such as PUBG is already proving to be dangerous for the mind and health of our children.

The PTA had also received complaints that impact of PUBG is leading to the issue of ‘moral turpitude’. The term moral turpitude connotes anything done against just, honesty, modesty or good morals.

It is deprivation of character and devoid of morality. There have also been cases in which the teenagers committed suicide or attempted to take life after missing the assigned task in the online game especially the PUBG. One should not act as a silent spectator on this serious issue.

The academic performance of students is also getting affected as gaming sessions tend to last longer, and a child, who is addicted to gaming, tends to get irritated at the smallest of things or if parents interfere in something.

It was because of these reasons that the government had banned PUBG last year – something which was appreciated by this paper – but later it had to be lifted because of strong reaction on the social media.

Since it is the matter of future of our children, the government must think of bringing rules on the pattern of Chinese government.

No matter how strong the reaction is, the PUBG must be banned immediately by the PTA and the courts can also be taken on board on this matter.

It is also for the parents and schools to guide their children in the right direction and engage them in healthy physical activities. It is important for their wellbeing and a better future.

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