On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court directed the Centre to decide on a representation with respect to policy formulation. This policy is for the protection of children from addiction to online gaming. The Centre is also expected to formulate a regulatory framework to safeguard children from the dangers of online gaming addiction.
A division bench comprising of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh urged the concerned authorities to decide on a representation line with the law, rules, regulations, and government policy that applies to the case.
In a petition filed by advocates Robin Raju and Deepa Joseph on behalf of Distress Management Collective (DMC), a non-governmental organisation, said it had received numerous complaints from parents concerned about their children becoming addicted to online games, as a result of which the children are developing various psychological problems.
According to the petition filed in the Delhi High Court, recent reports of youngsters taking drastic steps or becoming depressed and committing crimes like stealing as a result of online gaming addiction prompted the NGO to file this petition.
“Controlling and monitoring children’s excessive gadget use has been a serious concern during the pandemic era. Because lessons are now held online, parents can no longer chastise their children for using their phones as they formerly did. Numerous studies have shown that internet games have a negative influence on the psychology of both young children (6-10 years) and teenagers (11-19 years),” stated the NGO.
Further the NGO states, schools should prioritise counselling sessions and periodic sessions on the impact of online gaming addiction. “Youngsters are suffering from addiction. These games are so intense that it’s leading to suicide, criminal inclinations. Thus, we need to take this issue seriously. The Government does not have any policy to tackle the situation. I urge that a Regulatory Body be be constituted,” Raju argued before the Bench.
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