Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, August 30 -

Question: resolutely prevent minors addicted to online games - State Press and Publication Administration official to "further strict management to effectively prevent minors addicted to online games of the notice" A reporter asked

  Xinhua News Agency reporter Shi Jingnan

  The National Press and Publication Administration recently issued the "Notice on Further Strict Management and Effective Prevention of Minors from Indulging in Online Games."

The relevant person in charge of the State Press and Publication Administration accepted the reporter's exclusive interview on the background and requirements of the notification.

Question: Please introduce the background of the announcement.

  Answer: In recent years, with the rapid development of my country's online game industry, there have also been some outstanding problems. In particular, the issue of minors' indulging in online games has caused widespread concern in the society, and the majority of parents have responded strongly.

The National Press and Publication Administration attaches great importance to preventing minors from indulging in online games. In 2019, it issued the "Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games" and adopted a series of measures to establish a real-name verification system for preventing minors from indulging in online games. , And achieved all access to compliant online and operating games, laying the foundation for the in-depth advancement of anti-addiction work.

Recently, many parents have reported that some teenagers’ indulging in online games has seriously affected their normal study life and physical and mental health, and even caused a series of social problems. Many parents have become miserable and have become a pain in the hearts of the people. Implement real-name verification to further restrict and reduce the time period for providing online game services to minors.

Teenagers are the future of the motherland. Protecting the physical and mental health of minors is related to the vital interests of the broad masses of the people, and it is related to the cultivation of newcomers in the era of national rejuvenation.

In response to the problem of excessive and excessive use of online games by minors reported by the society, the National Press and Publication Administration issued a notice at the beginning of the new semester, putting forward specific and clear requirements for the anti-addiction work of online games, and vigorously promoting the anti-addiction work to achieve better social effects , Escort the healthy growth of minors.

Q: What are the main contents of the notification?

  Answer: The notice is guided by Xi Jinping’s Thoughts on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, adheres to the people’s position, adheres to problem orientation, adheres to strictness, and focuses on the key links to prevent minors from indulging in online games. It mainly proposes four measures.

First, on the basis of the original regulations, further restrict the period of time for providing online game services to minors, and require online game companies to significantly reduce the time for providing online games to minors. All online game companies can only provide online games on Fridays and Saturdays. , Sundays and statutory holidays, provide one-hour service to minors from 20:00 to 21:00 every day, and no online game service to minors at other times.

The second is to reiterate the strict implementation of the real-name registration requirements for online game accounts after the online game anti-addiction real-name verification system of the National Press and Publication Administration has been completed and operational, and it is clear that all online games must be connected to the system, and all online game users must use real and valid identity information For game account registration and login, online game companies shall not provide game services to users who have not registered and logged in with their real names in any form (including guest experience mode).

The third is to strengthen the supervision and inspection of the implementation of anti-addiction measures.

Regarding the implementation of the time limit for online game companies to provide game services, real-name registration, and standardized payment, the publication management department will increase the frequency and intensity of inspections, and deal with online game companies that have not strictly implemented them in accordance with laws and regulations.

The fourth is to actively guide families, schools and other social sectors to take action, earnestly assume the responsibility of guardianship, and jointly create a good environment conducive to the healthy growth of minors, and form a joint effort to prevent minors from indulging in online games.

Question: What are the considerations for the notice to strictly limit the time for online game companies to provide online game services to minors?

  Answer: Every generation of teenagers will have their own games. Online games are interactive, immersive, emulated, easy to operate, and naturally more attractive.

Minors are still in the stage of physical and mental development, and their self-control ability is relatively weak. They are prone to overuse online games and even become dependent. Therefore, they have always been the focus of online game management and anti-addiction work.

In 2019, the National Press and Publication Administration's "Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games" stipulated that the length of time that online game companies provide game services to minors shall not exceed 3 hours per day during statutory holidays, and shall not exceed 3 hours per day at other times. 1.5 hours.

In this regard, many parents reflect that the standard is still relatively loose, and it is recommended to strictly reduce it.

Considering the needs of minors for their study, life and healthy growth, this notice sets stricter limits on the time period for online game companies to provide online game services to minors, and better guides minors to actively participate in physical exercise and social practice As well as a variety of colorful, healthy and beneficial recreational activities.

At the same time, this regulation also embodies the "Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Minors" that came into effect on June 1 this year. Service providers are not allowed to provide online game services to minors from 22:00 to 8:00 the next day", and in response to the voice of the masses, more stringent and detailed regulations have been made.

In addition, the reason why a small amount of time is left open to minors is mainly because some teachers and parents report that moderate exposure to games is understandable and acceptable, especially some sports games and game forms such as programming, chess, and Go. Healthy growth has a positive effect.

In addition, this notice only makes provisions for online games. Parents and minors can control games other than online games that are beneficial to physical and mental health according to the situation.

Question: How to better promote companies to implement notification requirements?

  Answer: Game companies are the main body of anti-addiction work. They must always put social benefits in the first place, actively respond to social concerns, take the initiative to assume social responsibilities, and resolutely implement the requirements of anti-addiction work.

This notice once again clarified the anti-addiction responsibilities of game companies. All game companies must strictly follow and implement their main responsibilities, set up a comprehensive anti-addiction system, strictly carry out real-name verification, and resolutely implement them for users who are certified as minors. Time period control and consumption amount limit, with actual actions and results, show sincerity, integrity and responsibility to the whole society.

In the past two years, the National Press and Publication Administration has increased the penalties for anti-addiction investigations for enterprises. In 2020, it will inspect tens of thousands of games, and will discuss with publishing management departments at all levels to deal with more than 50 enterprises and investigate and deal with thousands of problems.

After the notice is issued, we will further strengthen supervision and inspections, carry out special and centralized rectification, organize local inspections of game companies one by one, promote the normalization of anti-addiction work, and find companies that are lucky and perfunctory. Never allow any discounts or flexible behaviors.

In the next step, the National Press and Publication Administration will follow the implementation of the notice and social feedback, adhere to problem-oriented and effect-oriented, learn from one another, check for omissions, and promote the anti-addiction work to achieve tangible results, and effectively protect the healthy growth of young people.

Question: What role should families and schools play in preventing minors from indulging in online games?

  Answer: Online game addiction is a social problem, and anti-addiction work is a systematic project that requires the joint efforts of all sectors of society. On the one hand, the government and industry must always put the prevention of addiction as the top priority of game management, strictly implement the system and implementation of anti-addiction management, and solidly promote the prevention of addiction; on the other hand, to prevent minors from indulging in online games, parents are required , Teachers better perform their duties of guardianship and education, effectively assume the legal responsibility of protecting minors, strengthen care and accompany and restraint norms, and guide children to form good living habits and habits of using the Internet. For example, after the establishment of the National Press and Publication Administration's anti-addiction real-name verification system, it will provide enterprises and users with authoritative and accurate identity verification, and has taken a crucial step in promoting anti-addiction work. But at the same time, some minors use parental identity information or purchase adult identity information to bypass real-name authentication and break through identity restrictions, making the time period limit ineffective and becoming an important reason for affecting the anti-addiction effect. To solve this problem, it is urgent for parents to strengthen supervision and supervision, and schools to strengthen education and guidance, to better help guide minors to understand and master the laws and regulations, and to strictly implement relevant requirements. In the next step, the National Press and Publication Administration will work with the Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, the All-China Women’s Federation and other departments to organize primary and secondary schools to carry out special education, encourage parents, teachers, and students to earnestly study relevant policies and regulations, cultivate and improve Internet literacy, and urge parents to strengthen The management of children's game accounts, guides minors to verify their real identity when using online games, and strictly enforces the regulations on the length of time that minors use online games, forming a social synergy to implement anti-addiction requirements. We will also urge the online game industry to strengthen the linkage and communication with parents, teachers, and schools, and jointly create a good environment for the healthy growth of minors.

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