Parents could be punished if their children misbehave according to a recently drafted law

Chinese lawmakers have outlined a new law that would punish parents for their children’s bad behavior. 

Whether or not parents would be punished when their kids misbehave will be decided at the NPC Standing Committee session this week. This comes shortly after China restricted children to only 3 hours of online gaming per week in a bid to tackle a nationwide video game addiction.


Credits: Reuters

The new bill would see parents and guardians of ill-behaved kids reprimanded and ordered to participate in family education guidance programs, Unilad reports. Additionally, they would also have to better organize time for their children to rest, play, and exercise.

As per Reuters, Zang Tiewei, spokesperson for the Legislative Affairs Commission under the National People’s Congress (NPC), said:

“There are many reasons for adolescents to misbehave, and the lack of or inappropriate family education is the major cause.”

Parents would also have to teach their kids to “love the party, nation, people, and socialism.”

Moreover, moms and dads of youngsters with a tendency to misbehave would be ordered to educate their children to:

  • Obey social mores.
  • Strengthen legal awareness and a sense of social responsibility.
  • Establish the concepts of national unification and ethnic unity.
  • Respect the elderly and care for the young.

Furthermore, the legislation encourages parents to be “thrifty and frugal, to be united and help each other, and to form a positive character.”

In the meantime, Chinese children under the age of 18 are allowed to play video games for only an hour a day between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Fridays, weekends, and holidays. Local authorities are firm that the online gaming industry could “destroy a generation.”

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