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The Chinese government has banned children from playing games late at night. The ban is part of a new crackdown on video games in China. The Chinese government is concerned that playing too many video games is harming children’s physical and mental health.

The new rules say that children cannot play games between 10pm and 8am. On weekdays, children are only allowed to play games for 90 minutes. On weekends and holidays, they are allowed to play for 3 hours per day. There are also new rules on how much money children can spend on online 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. Online games often require regular purchases. Some online games around the world have also been accused of introducing gambling to children.

The new rules are part of a wider plan to limit video games in China. The leader of China, Xi Jinping, has criticised video games for causing problems with Chinese children. This has caused many areas of the Chinese government to create plans to limit video games. This includes limiting the number of new games each year and banning some games that they believe are unhealthy.

Difficult Words

Crackdown (n): To become tough or make extra rules.

Physical (adj): About the body.

Mental (adj): About the mind.

Require (v): To need.

Accuse (v): To claim someone has done something.

Gambling (v): Play games of chance for money.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Crackdown  A. Mind
 2. Physical  B. Claim
 3. Mental  C. Become tough.
 4. Accuse  D. Chance games for money.
 5. Gambling  E. Body

True or False?

1. China has banned all video games. T / F

2. The Chinese government is worried about children’s health. T / F

3. Children cannot play after 9pm. T / F

4. There are no spending limits on video games. T / F

5. Some people are worried about video games introducing gambling. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. new / crackdown / The / a / part / is / ban / of

2. say / that / children / new rules / play games / cannot / The

3. are / to / play / hours / for / They / allowed / 3

4. purchases / regular / require / Online games / often

5. new rules / of / part / wider plan / a / The / are

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Purchases Harming Limiting
Allowed Wider Banned

The Chinese government has (1)____________ children from playing games late at night. The ban is part of a new crackdown on video games in China. The Chinese government is concerned that playing too many video games is (2)____________ children’s physical and mental health.

The new rules say that children cannot play games between 10pm and 8am. On weekdays, children are only allowed to play games for 90 minutes. On weekends and holidays, they are (3)____________ to play for 3 hours per day. There are also new rules on how much money children can spend on online 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. Online games often require regular (4)______________. Some online games around the world have also been accused of introducing gambling to children.

The new rules are part of a (5)_________ plan to limit video games in China. The leader of China, Xi Jinping, has criticised video games for causing problems with Chinese children. This has caused many areas of the Chinese government to create plans to limit video games. This includes (6)___________ the number of new games each year and banning some games that they believe are unhealthy.

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?