Kagawa Prefecture in Japan passed a law yesterday that asks parents to limit gaming for minors to 60 mins per day and 90 mins on weekends.
Knowing that it is much harder to keep kids entertained during a quarantine they still try this? Not sure if this is the wisest decision, I mean, at least the kids are distracted from a disease that is killing hundreds per day worldwide
What I don't understand is... why target specifically gaming? Why not TV shows? Is it okay to watch those for hours on end? But god forbid we game for longer than an hour? What sense does that make?
Answer: Boomers who still don't understand technology writing laws involving technology.
Agreed. Either regulate all screen media or none of it at all. All that's going to accomplish is encouraging kids to spend more time binging YouTube on their iPads, and they're no better off for it.
Taking away entertainment in a time of quarantine is senseless and self-harming. I think they're being shortsighted with this. The Japanese know how to self-regulate when it comes to work-play balance - they don't need their government being nannies.
Exactly. Why would it be better to watch a silly family movie for 2 hours, watch prank videos on YouTube for 2 hours, or watch Jerry beat up Tom for 2 hours, than to play a puzzle adventure game for 2 hours? It is about moderation, what content they consume, and total screen time. And limiting total screen time perhaps could be good, but to target games in particular makes no sense.
Well Japan is not under quarantine just like South Korea, Taiwan and HK who are doing a wayyyy better job containing this shit than us. But otherwise I agree more than an hour might be more reaslistic in our circumstances...
Has there been a rise in seppuku numbers over this?!
True. However, I think it's essential. I would much rather they limit social media to an hour per day though. These kids today would have went ballistic in the 90s/early 2000s. They have no imaginations today. This quarantine is a perfect time to teach these spoiled sheltered kids something. DUDE, I literally never see any kids playing outside anymore. It's scary.
"Enforcement will be left to parents to figure out themselves." - Overall, this sounds like a law for good parenting.
It sounds like to me...that this is a fancy way of saying nothing will change. 🤣
Shiken, but not stirred.
anything government says is bad for soceity that parent are parentless
That's close to the dumbest thing I've heard in awhile.
ah not rly, in my country our president is saying that this situation(corona plus the recession) is great for our country........
uhh what country do you live in?
@sono mexico, is a shame that our goverment is not taking this situation seriously.
Don't worry USA is not much different from that. Trump's needs to be voted out.
So Sono wrote me a PM defending Trump and blocked at the same time. Because he knows damn well, once I start quoting Trump he might not be able to love him as much. Snowflake. Let him know I said that for me.
@Atticus... LOL what? I absolutely did not block you.. I believe me responding to your comment is proof enough of this? idk because i'm not entirely sure what all blocking does on this site... pretty pathetic you came here to lie instead of replying though, suppose i'll leave my message here for you to respond to.. I mean you could have just responded here in the first place if I REALLY did block you, but it sounds like you'd rather lie and just claim this "snowflake" blocked you, when in reality that never happened. ""Don't worry USA is not much different from that. Trump's needs to be voted out." Of course you make it about Trump.. he was the first to put a travel ban on china, was then called racist for doing so by democrats, then left all quarantine options up to the state level... leaving it up to the states to decide... as it should be. If you have an issue with how it was handled, blame the states and their representatives for their reaction.... or lack there of."
Sure bro. I have no reason to lie, in fact I spent 20 to 30 mins searching quotes and links to back my argument and I pressed send it said I couldn't I was blocked. I have no need to lie to make you look bad, you're already defending the worst president in Modern US history. You do it to yourself. So they states should coordinate together because the president is too inept. The fact that you think that says it all, really. Of course I will make it about the leader of the country. Who else?! You make no sense. The travel ban on China wasn't racist, it was criticizes for being too little to late. And after the ban, Americans coming from China were still allowed in the country without testing. Disgraceful... This is the man that called the virus a "Democrat Hoax" said that it would go away soon and lied that was under control only to completely change tunes after the body started piling. So again he did not take the virus seriously and now a quarter of a million citizens could die because he can't for one day act like a real leader. "I take no responsibility" But I'm wasting my time, you're in love with him and I bet you care more about owning the Libs than having a respectable leader. So you win. But the horrible economy and all the preventable deaths are on President Trump. Stay safe and wash your hands because Trump won't help you.
I'd be worried, what if they fapping instead?
They're trying to promote physical fitness... Of the arm
Good for them. Pick up a book. Or start drawing. Or play an instrument. Use your imagination. I think that the way kids consume this stuff is stunting the growth of the brain. If it's used as an outlet for fun, it's fine. Have you seen kids spend 12-14 hours a day on games? It's not healthy mentally or physically. Limits on gaming is fine if you are underage.
It's not something some parents will want to hear but you are right. Games are entertaining but they don't develop young brains in any meaningful way and the formative years are vital in the long term.
Where’s your scientific proof and exactly what ”games” are you referring to? Can you please be as specific as you can in your answer.
Speaken like someone that doesn't understand games. Of course too much of anything is bad, but you speak like games have no influence in developing the brain. You are completely wrong.
The negative outweighs any positives if the kid overdoes it. The little you gain, you lose with social interaction, engaging with other activities, people, familial relationships, etc. As I said, if a kid plays a couple hours a day, cool. Nowadays you have the rise of the streamer, and people playing like a real job, over 12 hours a day. Under a certain age, that could lead to underdeveloped areas of real life experience and interaction, and a disconnect to reality. Raging is also a danger as children have no real outlet for frustration, except to feel the need for revenge. Limiting a child playing a game is not a big deal at all.
@REALAS: where schools are closed indefinitely & kids may not be able to get out of your own home, gaming IS THE ONLY social (virtual) interaction a kid can have (with other kids).
Interesting. This is only for the Kagawa region of Japan. It's up to parents to enforce it. Basically if it's not enforced at home, authorities would not know the law was broken
Nothing beats old school parenting and education at home, then again the government always want to do it for you.
So wrong in many ways, in the past years i only see parents trying to get the government take their role.
And maybe they should pass laws for the following then: 1) Limit people to one alcoholic drink per day 2) Limit time sitting in a lazy boy to one hour per day 3) Limit TV time to one hour per day 4) Limit time driving to 1 hour per day to save the environment 5) .... The world has gone stupid. There is problems doing anything in excess. Even physical sports can lead to long term (muscle, joint, back, concussion) health problems.
Also, we see stupid adult partying, jogging outside & spreading the virus everywhere. Now tell me, what is more harmful?
All minors? I get little ones . But if i didn’t have video games as a kid I would have got into 1000x more trouble than I did .
Maybe hold off until kids are not forced to stay indoors? Just a thought. Also, how are they going to enforce this? Are cops going to come to people's doors to inquire if they have children, and how long said children have been playing videogames? Setting up cameras would be illegal and beyond creepy. *reads article* Ok, so there is no enforcement. It's voluntary response on the part of parents. There's no mention of fines for parents who don't comply. What reason do they have to comply other than maybe being concerned about how much time their kid is spending playing games? At best all that has been accomplished is parents can now say to a child "you know, the law says you can only spend an hour playing games each day." But children are naturally anarchists, so that alone won't work. Granted, strict Japanese parents will likely find a way, but that's at their discretion, meaning the parent has to believe in the law implemented. Ok, it's Japan...parents and even their offspring probably do comply with that sort of thing more often than not, just because that's how they are culturally. Good thing they have massive manga magazines to keep them company in these hard times.
Well done japan Its not like its hard enough on kids with whats currently happening around the globe, your gonna restrict a proper method for parents to allow there children means for escapism. Clap Clap Clap.
It's not all of Japan. It's just one prefecture which is basically like a state in Japan called Kagawa. Japan has 37 prefectures
I like being an adult so I can be a kid as long as I want.
Man, it’s going to take those kids damn near half their life to beat Witcher 3 then.
Like this is the first thing we should be worried about right now? SMH
It's up to the parents, not the government to decide that kind of things.
Only 90 mins on the weekend? That sucks!
My 5 year old racks up 3-4 hours a day gaming on our docked switch. I seen problem with it. He’s an active healthy kid. Who loves gaming like his old man.
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