In response to growing concerns about eyes problems and internet addiction among young people in China, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has proposed new rules that would limit the amount of time teenagers can spend on their phones.
Under the proposal, which is open for public comment until September 2, minors under the age of 18 would be restricted to two hours of screen time per day.
The proposal would also ban teenagers from using their phones between 10pm and 6am. Children under the age of eight would be limited to 40 minutes of screen time per day, and children between the ages of eight and 16 would be limited to one hour per day.
All age groups would receive a reminder to rest after using their device for more than 30 minutes.
“Mobile internet service providers should also actively create content that disseminates core socialist values and forges a sense of community of the Chinese nation,” the draft says.
The proposal has been met with mixed reactions. Some parents have welcomed the new rules, saying they will help their children to spend more time on other activities, such as reading, playing sports, and socializing with friends. Others have expressed concerns that the rules are too restrictive and will prevent teenagers from accessing important information and services.
“I think it’s good. On the one hand, it can protect their vision as many young kids cannot stop themselves while watching something they like,” said a mother of two in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.
The CAC said it will consider all public feedback before finalizing the rules.