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China proposes smartphone screen time limits for kids

2023-08-07 19:14 by


Chinese regulators have proposed rules that would limit the smartphone screen time of people under the age of 18 to a maximum of two hours per day. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) plans on implementing a range of proposed screen times based on age. 16-18-year-olds would be allowed two hours a day, children between eight and 16 would get one hour and children under eight would get just eight minutes.

The drafted rules require smartphones to have a "minor mode" for those under 18 years of age that should be easy to access when the device powers on, as either a home screen icon or in the system settings of the device.

The minor mode will allow parents to manage what their kids see and allow internet service providers to show content based on a user's age. According to CAC, children under the age of three should be shown songs and audio-focused content. Those between 12 and 16 years of age can be exposed to educational and news content.

The radical draft rules highlight Beijing's desire to exert control over more parts of the country's digital life. If the rules are brought into law, they could have implications for companies such as Tencent and ByteDance, which run some of China's biggest mobile apps.

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