2020-05-26 07:05:57

Members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) have proposed using facial-recognition technology to combat gaming addiction in children, financial outlet Caixin reported Monday.

Zhu Yongxin, a CPPCC member, said that despite regulations to control children’s gaming habits, many developers still flout the rules in search of profit. To deter minors from spending an unhealthy amount of time online, authorities in recent years have introduced a raft of measures including capping play time, imposing curfews, and requiring real-name registration.

Another CPPCC member, Guan Tiangang, said spending too much time in the virtual world may distort kids’ perceptions of reality, and could make them more likely to commit crimes. She suggested using biometric technologies such as facial and voice recognition to supervise children’s time online.

The proposal was put forward at the ongoing “two sessions” — high-profile annual meetings of the country’s top legislative and political advisory bodies. (Image: People Visual)