Smartphone addiction is a real problem among kids, tweens, and teens across the world. It can lead to problems such as sleep deprivation, poor academic performance, and social isolation. China is planning to curb that addiction by proposing extremely strict rules.China is planning to limit the screen time of those under the age of 18 to two hours a day. China is also proposing different time limits for different age groups. Children under the age of eight will be allowed only 40 minutes a day on their phones, while children between 8 and 16 can use smartphones for not more than an hour. Children between 16 and 17 will be allowed two hours of screen time per day. Additionally, no smartphone should provide any kind of service to those under 18 between 10 pm and 6 am

Too much screen time has been linked to a number of problems, including obesity, sleep problems, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Furthermore, the draft rules also suggest that smartphones come with a “minor mode”. The minor mode will be for those under 18 years of age and must be easy to access on the home screen or system settings.

 

What will the minor mode do?
As per the report, the minor mode will give parents access to see and manage what their kids can do or are using smartphones for. Even internet service providers will be directed to show age-appropriate content.

Different rules for different age groups
Chinese regulators have also proposed what kind of content should be made available for different age groups. For instance, only songs and audio content for those kids who are under three. For those between 12-16 years of age, only educational and news-based content should be shown.

China is also warning tech companies to ensure that they don’t provide services or content that is addictive in nature

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