Internet addiction led to South Korean baby's death

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 13/04/2010 18:46

New measures are being introduced in South Korea seeking to combat the problem of internet addiction.

The move follows the trial of a couple for negligent homicide. Their three-month old daughter died of malnutrition, reportedly because they were too busy raising a virtual child in an online game.

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South Korean children face gaming curfew
The South Korean government is introducing policies aimed at curbing the amount of time children spend playing online games.

The first involves barring online gaming access to young people of school age between 12am (midnight) and 8am.

The other policy suggests slowing down people's internet connections after they have been logged on to certain games for a long period of time.

Korea cuts off kids' online gaming at midnight
When I first heard about this, I wanted to believe it was about teeth. Mine were still chattering from a piece of research performed by the University of Iowa that suggested that young gamers enjoyed more cavities. I experienced a severe attack of lockjaw, however, at the news that Korea--that's the nice Korea without the strange leader with dead Elvis' hair-- has imposed a nighttime ban on certain online games.

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