Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ China restricts minors from live streaming, citing need to improve their ‘physical and mental health’

Stephen Downes

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I have long been of the opinion that child labour laws should extend to things like media and sports (which would mean no more child actors or 14-year old Olympic athletes). So I'm sympathetic with Chinese regulations that would see the end of minors doing things like live streaming for tips. Now I can hear people saying "but it should be up to the parents", and I'm sympathetic, but I also know parents were quite happy to send children to coal mines, so there are limits. In any case, these measures, like earlier Chinese limitations on online gaming, are applied to the platforms, and I think there's quite a good case for limiting what platforms can do with children (and indeed would note that most nations regulate this in one way or another).

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