Par­ents fear grip of mo­bile games

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

As the sum­mer va­ca­tion ap­proaches, the big­gest con­cern for most Chi­nese par­ents is what to do with their kids — in par­tic­u­lar how to stop them squan­der­ing money on mo­bile games.

In early June, a sin­gle mother in Hei­long jiang prov­ince dis­cov­ered her triplet sons had run up a bill of over 18,000 yuan ($2,700) on her credit card through in-app pur­chases while play­ing video games.

A 17-year-old gamer in Guangzhou was di­ag­nosed with cere­bral in­farc­tion in April af­ter play­ing the on­line game King of Glory for 40 hours non­stop.

These are just two of the many cases re­lated to mo­bile games that have been buzzing on the Chi­nese in­ter­net in re­cent months.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the China In­ter­net Net­work In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter, 170 mil­lion un­der-18s have ac­cess to the web, with 43 per­cent spend­ing over an hour a day on tablets and smart­phones.

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