Chat: Is it fair to ban internet games after midnight?

  • 4 August 2011

The government in South Korea has just passed a new law banning kids from playing internet games after midnight.

The ban, nicknamed the Cinderella Law, was brought in because people were worried that too many children and teenagers are spending way too much time online.

We want to know if you think that it's fair to ban people from playing online games after a certain time? Should kids be able to stay up as long as they like gaming? Or is it right to shut it down when it gets late?

Perhaps you think that too many people are spending too long playing online? Or maybe you reckon that, as long as they're having fun and staying safe, it doesn't matter how much time kids spend on the internet?

Thanks for all of your comments, sorry but this chat page is now closed.

Your comments

"I enjoy gaming very much and do it whenever I have the chance, but for me there is no need to play games past 10pm, never mind midnight. Although I don't agree with the ban. It should be up to the parents to set the rules."

Cameron, 11, Scotland

"I think it is a good law as it will stop children staying up all night playing games which could affect their mood, education and so on."

Imaan, 11, London, England

"All the internet game websites should shut down at 10 o'clock and start again at 10 in the morning."

Patrick, 8, London, England

"I think that it is OK because if you are playing games until past midnight then you will be tired in the morning and won't be able to concerntrate at school!"

Isi, 12, Kent, England

"I enjoy gaming very much, however I do agree with the ban in South Korea. Also the ban would not be as necessary if the big gaming companies brought out more educational games, so people could excel their education and creativeness."

Archie, 12, Worcestershire, England

"During the school term, there should be a ban on playing internet games after a certain time. However, during half-term and the summer holidays, there shouldn't be a ban and everyone should take responsibility for how long they play for."

Mark, 14, Norfolk, England

"Banning gaming after midnight is ridiculous. Most online games have parental controls which enable the parents to control the amount of time their child spends playing. The responsibility is with the parents, not with the law. This is only going to result in criminal convictions for harmless teenagers which could ruin their futures."

Robbie, 12, Nottingham, England

"I think this is definitely the right thing to do. Playing games after midnight or just when you're tired is really bad for your eyes and it does the opposite of relaxing you!"

Jack, 12, England

"I think it is fair as sometimes you don't know when to stop! Playing until after midnight is stupid. You are likely to not get enough sleep, so then you can't operate properly. The law will help stop it before it starts. I wonder if it came to England how many would be breaking the law tonight."

Felicity, 11, Surrey, England

"NO WAY!! Internet games should NOT be banned because what if it was a maths game or a game for school?"

Charlie, 12, Sussex, England

"I play games online most days. But I never play after 10pm at night. I don't think it should be banned, it's up to the parents to stop people play on computers late, not the law."

Emily, 14, Shropshire, England

"I only play the computer about four days a week, for about an hour or two. I think it's fair to ban it as it's addictive and is bad for your eyesight!"

Gemma, 11, London, England

"I'm bad enough as it is with computer games but even I don't play until MIDNIGHT! I think it's fine what the government is doing because it will certainly help children stop their addiction, but perhaps it's not good for companies who own the games because they'll have less business!"

Jasmin, 11, London, England

"I don't think that it's fair because it should be your own choice which time you stop playing games. If you need to stop playing, the only person telling you to stop should be someone like your parents, not the law!"

Charlotte, 10, Essex, England

"In the less extreme cases I think they shouldn't ban it because it should be up to the child when they finish playing. But in the more extreme cases where children stay on after midnight every day of the week, then it should be stopped for their own health and safety."

Caitlin, 13, Somerset, England

"Yes, they should put a ban on games after midnight but it should really be up to the child's parents! So I'm not too sure... It's only when kids are on the games too long or get addicted - that's when there's a problem!! Is this 'Cinderella law' even being considered in this country?"

Tatum, 11, Essex, England

"No because what if people can't sleep and want to play a game before bed to relax? I am always on after midnight and if I don't I will make my rents argue because I will be downstairs all the time!"

Lucy, 13, Wokingham, England

"I think it should be allowed because they might be really bored say at a friend's house at midnight and they might want to play games."

Izzy, 10, Bradford, England

"If it was down to me then I would ban it from 11'o'clock. Children's brains need a good 3 hours eye rest before bed."

Mavada, 10, Staffordshire, England

"It's fair but not fair. Fair because people shouldn't spend all night gaming, but not fair because the main point is your safety, not how long you game!"

Stephanie, 13, Norfolk, England

"I think it could be a good idea! I don't they should even be up at that time just to play games!"

Ruby, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think that it isn't right because it should be up to the child's parents when they go on games!"

Amy, 13, Somerset, England