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China has banned children from playing games late at night. People in China are worried about children playing too many games. They think it is damaging their health.

The new rules say that children cannot play games between 10pm and 8am. Children are only allowed to play games for 90 minutes a day. They can play for 3 hours on weekends. There are also rules for how much money children can spend on games. Children from 8-16 can not spend more than 200 yuan ($29) a month. Children from 16-18 cannot spend more than 400 yuan ($57) a month.

The new rules are part of a bigger fight against games in China. Some types of games have been banned in China. China also wants to limit the number of new games each year.

Difficult words

Banned (v): To not allow something.

Damaging (adj): Something which causes harm.

Weekend (n): Saturday and Sunday.

Rule (n): What you can and can’t do.

Limit (n): A level that you can’t go above.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Banned  A. Saturday and Sunday
 2. Damaging  B. What you can and can’t do.
 3. Weekend  C. Not allow.
 4. Rule  D. Level
 5. Limit  E. Harm

True or False?

1. Japan has banned children from playing games at night.  T / F

2.  Some people think games damage health. T / F

3. Children can only play 30 minutes a day.  T / F

4.  There are rules for how money children can spend on games. T / F

5.  No types of games have been banned from China. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. children / games / banned / playing / from / China / has

2. are / China / in / about / worried / People / children

3. is / They / it / damaging / health / think / their

4. for / They / play / can / 3 / hours

5. new rules / of / part / The / bigger fight / a / are

Listening and Vocabulary

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Against Games Playing
Rules Spend Number

China has banned children from (1)____________ games late at night. People in China are worried about children playing too many (2)___________. They think it is damaging their health.

The new (3)__________ say that children cannot play games between 10pm and 8am. Children are only allowed to play games for 90 minutes a day. They can play for 3 hours on weekends. There are also rules for how much money children can spend on games. Children from 8-16 can not (4)_________ more than 200 yuan ($29) a month. Children from 16-18 cannot spend more than 400 yuan ($57) a month.

The new rules are part of a bigger fight (5)___________ games in China. Some types of games have been banned in China. China also wants to limit the (6)____________ of new games each year.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you thinks it’s the government’s job to control how long children play games?
5. Are there any laws against games in your country?
6. Do you believe games could be a cause of short-sightedness?
7. Do you think children today have different childhoods from those in the past?
8. Are games popular in your country?
9. Would you like your country to have a law like this?
10. Did you play many video games as a child?
11. Do you agree that “loot boxes” introduce children to gambling?
12. Do you think “loot boxes” should be banned?
13. Have you played a game that had “loot boxes”?
14. Do you think games have any other bad effects on children?
15. Are there any games that you think have a positive effect on children?
16. How long would you let your child play games for?
17. Do you think it will be easy for the government to control how much time and money children spend on games?
18. Is it right to ban violent video games?
19. Do video games have a good or bad reputation in your country?
20. What is your opinion of “free” apps and games that require you to spend money later?