Education Department Warns Parents of Childhood ‘Online Gambling Addiction’, Issues Advisory

New Delhi, first published Dec 11, 2021, 1:05 p.m. IST

The Education Department has warned parents of their children’s “growing Internet gaming addiction”. The ministry has produced a list of dos and don’ts for parents and children across the country, saying playing internet games leads to “severe gambling addiction” and “gambling disorder.” The ministry said that internet gaming is designed in such a way that players “push themselves to the limit to be successful in the game” and that “the gaming companies also emotionally push the youngster to purchase additional levels and upgrade. almost force payments in the app “.

The Department of Education has put together a list of dos and don’ts for parents and kids to follow to avoid the inconveniences of the digital world, especially online gaming. The ministry advised parents to “refrain from using real, personal information when playing online and use an anonymous name” in the government’s recommendation. He also instructed parents to use spyware, antivirus software, and a firewall to establish security settings for any website or file. Check the age for each game, record any abuse, harassment or bullying, and report it to the law enforcement cybercrime section.

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He also advised children not to download software or games from unknown or illegal websites. Other stated instructions: Do not let children spend long periods of time online and advise them to take breaks in between. Don’t leave the web unattended and use a parental filter to sift through the content your child interacts with.

Meanwhile, according to reports, China has enacted new legislation banning children from playing online video games for more than three hours a week and banning children from playing online games entirely Monday through Thursday. While some news sites report that the ban applies to all video games, the National Press and Publication Administration’s (NPPA) enforcement mechanism is particularly focused on online games and Internet-related businesses. games.

Last updated on 11 Dec. 2021, 13:05 IST

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