Expert Perspective: Addiction to reward has become a new form of Internet addiction, and identity recognition should be strengthened to "plug leaks"

  Tao Hongkai, an expert in quitting Internet addiction:

  Parents also need to manage mobile phones and passwords

  Although he is 77 years old this year and has gray hair, Tao Hongkai, a well-known internet addiction expert, is still active in various places, volunteering to help teenagers get rid of internet addiction.

Tao Hongkai is also deeply touched by the phenomenon of minors' live broadcast rewards.

  Tao Hongkai introduced that many teenagers who were addicted to the Internet he met more than ten years ago were mostly unable to extricate themselves from being addicted to online games.

But in recent years, the situation of parents of teenagers who came to him to get rid of internet addiction has changed: many teenagers are addicted to watching live broadcasts on live broadcast platforms, and they use their parents' money to reward the anchors.

This has become the new manifestation of Internet addiction.

"Some parents cried when they found me and said 'the child is addicted to watching live broadcasts, and often takes my mobile phone in the middle of the night to give gifts and gifts to the anchor', hoping that I can help the children."

  Speaking of several cases he has come into contact with, Tao Hongkai is filled with emotion.

Among them is Xiao Fei, a teenager in his teens. A few years ago, his parents bought him a mobile phone for him to contact his family. Unexpectedly, Xiao Fei was addicted to watching online live broadcasts, and later became addicted to giving rewards.

Once, he took his mother's mobile phone and gave a streamer nearly 100,000 yuan as a reward. When his mother found out, he became furious and scolded the child severely, and confiscated his mobile phone.

Unexpectedly, the confiscation of mobile phones did not solve the problem of teenagers being addicted to online live broadcasts.

When his parents were busy, Xiaofei would watch the live broadcast with his parents' mobile phone, and even at night while his parents were asleep, he would hide under the covers and continue watching the live broadcast with his parents' mobile phone. Later, his mother had no choice but to find Tao Hongkai for help. help.

After seeing Xiaofei, Tao Hongkai asked him why he gave so much money to the anchor.

Xiaofei's answer was, "When the anchor calls out his name, he feels special and has a sense of respect."

  Tao Hongkai said that the live broadcast platform is not without technical means to block minors, but in the past, some platforms did not want to solve this problem and wanted to play a side ball.

The "Opinions" released this time not only proposed to prohibit minors from participating in live broadcast rewards, but also introduced detailed paths and safeguards to achieve this goal, which is equivalent to setting up a "firewall" for young people.

Tao Hongkai suggested that if a platform is found to have violated the requirements of prohibiting minors’ live-broadcasting of rewards, it should be severely punished by taking measures such as suspending the rewarding function and shutting down the live-broadcasting business.

He also said: "But parents can't be 'hands-off shopkeepers', they have to manage their mobile phones, ID cards and bank card passwords."

  Education expert Xiong Bingqi:

  Make identification a "must process"

  Xiong Bingqi, dean of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said that because the platform lacks an effective identification mechanism for minors’ identities, minors can bypass the anti-addiction system by purchasing second-hand accounts or using adult accounts to watch live broadcasts without restrictions. , and there are even illegal businesses taking advantage of it, which makes the anti-addiction system useless.

In recent years, the frequent cases of minors spending large sums of money from their parents to participate in live broadcast rewards fully demonstrate that the problem of minors participating in live broadcast rewards needs to be solved urgently.

  Xiong Bingqi believes that the easiest way to plug this loophole is to allow all accounts to be identified when they participate in online activities such as games and live broadcast rewards.

In this way, minors cannot log in to adult accounts.

At present, face recognition technology is very mature, so it is not difficult to realize identity recognition technically. In fact, when a user registers an account, the relevant information has been collected by the platform. Adding a recognition program will not affect the user experience, but this However, it can maximize the protection of minors.

  Xiong Bingqi said that the platform should not only authenticate the real name when registering, but also consider authentication when users use it, so as to prevent teenagers from bypassing supervision by borrowing adult registration information.

Before the identification of minors was not carried out, it was not easy for children to recover the huge amount of consumption with adult accounts, and it was difficult to hold the platform accountable; if identification was made a "necessary process", then as long as minors did not Restricted playing games or huge recharges and rewards can clearly hold the platform accountable.

"This time, the four departments jointly issued a notice to further draw a red line for the online live broadcast reward, clarify the responsibilities, and release the determination to strictly regulate the online live broadcast reward."

  Text / Guangzhou Daily All Media Reporter Xiao Huanhuan

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