Korea bans kids from late night gaming, they don't listen

By Matthew · 23 replies
Jan 3, 2012
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  1. It's been just over a month since South Korea banned minors from late night gaming, but the regulation has reportedly done little to change habits. Introduced by the Ministry of…

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  2. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    I think 12am to 6am is pretty reasonable. But I should be the parents responsibility at the end of the day.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

  4. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Legislation seldom works especially in matters concerning the behavior of teenagers. It's actually a matter of responsible parenthood wherein children are taught proper use of all forms of electronic entertainment.
  5. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    I applaud the country for caring enough to do something! Everyone fell a few times before they learned to walk...'cept for maybe baby MJ inventor of the moonwalk.
  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    This should really be an issue parents take up with their kids, not an issue for legislation.
  7. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Parents have the responsibility to govern when their kids play and game.
    Government regulation of when kids play is sort of extreme (authoritarianism leaning).
  8. Ok, let me give you an example. Let's suppose you have kids, you send the kids to bed at 9pm, you go to bed at 11pm, the kids sneak downstairs and play video games until 12:15am, without your knowledge, you find out in the morning and all hell breaks loose, you tell them off and punish them - that should be the end of it...

    Now let's just suppose you also get caught and fined/imprisoned for that - still applauding?

    Now let's deal with the issue of whether the state should even know, or be monitoring, what you and your family are doing in your own home from 12am to 6am - and take it from there...

    It's nothing short of Totalitarian policy in fact.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    The big brother aspects aside, you can use this from a perspective of removing an attractive nuisance. A lot of people play MP games for the social interaction aspect. Remove that, and some of them will stop playing.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    lol i love the stereotypical picture of a kid playing sc1. Well this lets parents give a better answer then because I said so when they tell their kids not to play games late on a school night.
  11. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    I think a better time would be from 1 or 2 to 6. Although I am completely against this law. You don't see them limiting the time that smokers smoke, so why should they limit the time children play videogames. I understand the addiction, in fact I have had it in the past, playing upwards of 12-16 hours a day. But I don't think the government has the right to try to put that in place. Again, you don't see them limiting the times of smokers. Yes, they have a ban on certain places the smokers can smoke (which is not followed) but they aren't limiting the times they smoke. AND smoking can kill you, while as gaming can cause suicide in extreme cases.
  12. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,265   +436

    Why would that be stereotypical in Korea?

    Do you have any idea how big starcraft has been in that country for the last 15 years. In fact had they posted any other picture it would have been a lie. No one stays up late to play the sims.
  13. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    It is illegal for anyone 16 or under to smoke.

    But yes, this should be the parent's responsibility.

    The better answer is a big leather belt and leave them to cry themselves to sleep every night they don't listen.
  14. I have an idea, raise your kids with respect and integrity and reward them for good behaviour (that doesn't mean you should not punish for bad behaviour) and then we wouldn't have these problems in the first place, except for kids who have a severe medical condition that would cause them to be unstable. Those cases are pretty rare to begin with though anyway.

    There's no problem with playing games all night. I'm on Christmas break and I've been playing Diablo 2 until almost 5AM for the last few days. But I do NOT have an addiction, when school resumes I'll have no problem putting the game down and doing what I need to do. Because I do NOT have an addiction. These kids obviously have an extreme addiction, and legislation is not going to cure their addiction.
  15. jester376

    jester376 TS Booster Posts: 55

    This Korean Law is a joke. -We should find more ways to tell them we are helping them not punishing them.- Maybe if they were adults, but even if they tried to reason with the minors, chances are they won't undesrtand, or won't care to listen to some politician babble about things they know nothing about. If they want to stop games, they're going to have to jut ban the games, not make bans on gaming time. This is as bad the SOPA bill.
  16. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    sorry to nitpick, but MJ didn't invent the moonwalk :p
  17. There is no solid evidence linking gaming to suicide or mental health problems for that matter. Gaming is often associated with anti-social or reclusive individuals who are in turn often linked to mental health problems, depression and suicide. This does not mean that gaming is linked to suicide, it simply means that people read the papers, watch the news and jump to conclusions based on little to nothing in the way of scientific fact.

    *In some countries. (In South Korea the smoking age is 19).



    The best answer if the child is addicted to games and it is affecting their health, social life and education is for the parent to remove the source of the problem - the games console and the games and control access to it. Parental responsibility.
  18. How do they know they are minors. I wonder who puts real info on their profile. I know I never will, too much sites wana know my name adress and birth date.
  19. no computer,no gaming in night.
  20. I'm just wondering why in 2014 that kid has such a small monitor. There's NO WAY you can play starcraft 2 comfortably in anything but 1080p+.
  21. In Korea it is required for you to use your Korean Social Security Number to signup for online gaming. They do this to prevent people from across the globe from accessing their servers, as well as tracking individuals. You can't create an account on a server in Korea without using this number. That is how they know your age.
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    I'm curious as to how you can be so sure he doesn't have a new monitor in 2014.
  23. So you think my parents should limit my gaming between these hours even though im a man in his 40's?
    Stop assuming all gamers are kids!
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

    Guest, perhaps if you read the article you wouldn't make such a comment. The law is aimed at kids 16 and under. How does that affect you?

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