Who's the strictest?

Remember the scale of "Not strict" to "Very strict" from this week's Headline? If you haven't seen it yet, find it on the Learning Zone now.

Now, you can show others what you think. Which of the country's approaches was strictest? And in what order do they go, down to least strict?

Remind yourself of the approaches in the Learning Zone, and then order them in the yellow box below.

Now, add a comment at the bottom of this page that explains your order. For example...

"My order was...
I put them in this order because..."

How does your order compare with others'? What questions would you like to ask them about theirs? You can reply directly to them by clicking "Reply to this comment" once the discussion begins.

Comments (23)

  • British Council.jpg candid_seagull | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    10 Sep 2021

    My order was :
    china
    South Korea
    Germany
    japan
    UK
    I put them in this order because china made the gaming time too little and too strict. South Korea is asking for parent's permission which can be hard to obtain. The other countries are the things that are almost applied to all games across the world.

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  • British Council.jpg active_speech | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    10 Sep 2021

    I was once addicted to game and i could feel which law would have helped me better if that rule was made at my time.

    People under 18 can be easily addicted to games,they could play for hours without any rest,which could harm their mind a lot and it could also have an impact on his/her body.The appetite also disappears when someone is addicted to video games because he/she always thinks about that game...how to improve,how to beat other person...such thinks roam around in his mind.
    Keeping these things in mind i would like to order in this way:
    1.CHINA:
    China is one of the most technically advanced countries in the world....for why tech is cheap there and i think the addiction of game between the people of under 18 easily appeared there for the cheapness of gaming materials like pc,laptop or mobile phones.And they had the chance to to play anytime anyday.That's why china enforced the law to of playing games in some specific days and the time is reduced to one hour from 8 pm to 9 pm which is the perfect time for playing games..I think this inniative should be done by all countries because no one could be addicted if he or she plays any game only for 1 hour.The juvenile minds would not waste time anymore thinking about game rather they would think about other creative tasks to relief their stress.So,i think this law is the most strict and the most helpful one.
    2.SOUTH KOREA:
    In this pandemic most of the addicted player's guardian couldn't help them because there is no time limit of gaming and no permission is required from game controller in most of the countries.But south korea has introduced "choice permit" law which would help a child by concerning his guardian and giving him a specific time to play.As a result,the child can not play if his parents are not concerned.It will help a lot to decrease the addiction to games of the people who are under 18.
    3.U.K:
    Children of the europe are less addicted to video games than the asian ones.If every game is rated and if different games are made for different aged children,then the chance of addiction gets decreased.Though anyone can be addicted to any game... still this law could help,but not as like as china or south korean countries.
    3.JAPAN:
    I think japan's law doesn't fall in strict ones...rather it falls on the non-strict ones.When i was addicted to video games,my mother often tried to stop me but i didn't listened to her because i was more concentrated to the video games rather than understanding the necessity of her words.Simillarly, it doesn't makes any change if i get alerts from the game controller or the country...i would still be focused on my game.
    5.GERMANY:
    Censoring or changing the color of any violent thing in game doesn't makes any change.An addicted gamer focuses on the performance more than the resolution or the color of the game.He would still be addicted to it.This law is also of no use.This law is the least strict one because it is more bad than japan's law which at least tried to alert their people.

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    1. British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      active_speech's comment 20 Sep 2021

      The enactment of laws and rules directly affects the game addict and shows the role of parents in choosing the game and the exact time to play.

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  • British Council.jpg efficient_fern | Tarun Madhyamik Vidyalaya | Nepal
    11 Sep 2021

    My order is china:
    I put it on order because a state-run newspaper had just equated online gaming with “opium,” likely striking a chord in the psyche of a country targeted by Western powers during the 19th century "Opium Wars" (remnants of that era of “national shame” are carefully preserved for tourists and schoolchildren).

    Shares of the country’s biggest game company crumpled in response to the harsh rhetoric, and by last week new rules had been issued that sharply limit the time children may spend on a wildly popular diversion.

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  • British Council.jpg ethical_jambul | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    11 Sep 2021

    My order was-
    China
    South Korea
    Japan
    UK
    Germany

    There's actually plenty of reasons I've got behind this order. First of all about China, there's a very specific age range and time limit. Not to mention how it doesn't even let an individual make personal decisions about the timing. Next on the list is South Korea which I guess is for obvious reasons. Though having parents involved can definitely help a lot, time to time it sure is gonna get pretty difficult to convince them. Then we have Japan. It doesn't seem to have a specific age range which I don't find that strict in comparison to China and South Korea. Now about UK, there's rate for each game but no time limit. Having an age rate is helpful but in the long run I have doubts about the age verification process. Nothing is really foolproof or effective when it comes to technology. There are always ways for circumventing restrictions. Lastly we have Germany which has neither an age nor a time limit which to me appears to be the least strict among all the other mentioned countries over here.

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  • British Council.jpg inquisitive_cliff | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    11 Sep 2021

    My order was : -
    1. China
    2. South Korea
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. Japan
    I put them in this order according to the approaches from hard to put in order to easy to put in order.

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  • British Council.jpg efficient_fern | Tarun Madhyamik Vidyalaya | Nepal
    11 Sep 2021

    My order is china:
    I put it on order because a state-run newspaper had just equated online gaming with “opium,” likely striking a chord in the psyche of a country targeted by Western powers during the 19th century "Opium Wars" (remnants of that era of “national shame” are carefully preserved for tourists and schoolchildren).

    Shares of the country’s biggest game company crumpled in response to the harsh rhetoric, and by last week new rules had been issued that sharply limit the time children may spend on a wildly popular diversion.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      efficient_fern's comment 13 Sep 2021

      Please make sure all comments are written in your own words.

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  • British Council.jpg selfassured_groundhog | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    12 Sep 2021

    My order was :
    China
    South Korea
    Germany
    japan
    UK
    I arranged it in this order because compared to other countries, China and South Korea is too much strict. Nowadays gaming topic is focused on addiction and wasting money behind it. But some researches suggests gaming can be good for us too by stress release and refreshment. So being too much strict about gaming regulations is not necessary.

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  • British Council.jpg efficient_fern | Tarun Madhyamik Vidyalaya | Nepal
    12 Sep 2021

    My order is china:
    I put it on order because a state-run newspaper had just equated online gaming with “opium,” likely striking a chord in the psyche of a country targeted by Western powers during the 19th century "Opium Wars" (remnants of that era of “national shame” are carefully preserved for tourists and schoolchildren).

    Shares of the country’s biggest game company crumpled in response to the harsh rhetoric, and by last week new rules had been issued that sharply limit the time children may spend on a wildly popular diversion.

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  • British Council.jpg beloved_politics | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Sep 2021

    My chosen order was
    china
    South Korea
    japan
    UK
    Germany

    I think the rule of chaina is strictest because they actually give a little time to play games and if it is not followed punishment will be given. The rule of South Korea is also strict. Parental approval has to be taken. So it would be tough for the gamers of that age. The rule of Japan is to alert the gamers. The rule of UK and Germany as well as that of japan is not so strict. Because there are not enough consequences for violating the rules.

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  • British Council.jpg independent_hurricane | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Sep 2021

    My order was
    China
    S.korea
    Japan
    Germany
    Uk

    Playing games is never a bad thing.Addiction towards games is a bad thing.China is strict on the issue because they need it most.Their parents are selling child for video games too.south Koreans living routine is always under some restrictions gaming is not beyond that so they stands second in my list.Japan Germany and UK is as like as rest of the countries of the world.

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  • British Council.jpg imaginative_world | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Sep 2021

    In my opinion ,China is the strictest, because it gives a little time to play games.I also believe in that playing games is never a bad thing.

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  • British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Sep 2021

    My order Was
    1.china
    2.south korea
    3.Japan
    4.UK
    5.Germany
    I put them in this order because china is the stirctest rule in these countries which it be useful to do things other than playing game but it allow to people to play a game in little time so they don't respect the individual rights and control their life In a second order is South Korea is strictly abit because it's give the people their rights to choice the time suitable to them but if they take time will be altered
    Japan is strict too because they request the parents agreement
    Uk is good because they sold the game according to people age ,in the last there is Germany

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    1. British Council.jpg lively_deer | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
      insightful_starfish's comment 16 Sep 2021

      Don't you think Germany is being too harsh for the realistic game lovers? Those who love playing realistic war/fighting games they are missing it's full fun. Many of such games are banned in Germany and censored with blood colour changed to green or humans to robots. It's very much disappointing for such game lovers.

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
        lively_deer's comment 17 Sep 2021

        Do the benefits outweigh the censorship?

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      2. British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        lively_deer's comment 19 Sep 2021

        The idea of ​​changing the color of blood from red to green may sometimes help, but the idea itself did not change the idea of ​​​​the severity of the violence

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  • British Council.jpg fabulous_radio | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    15 Sep 2021

    My order was,
    1. China
    2. South Korea
    3. UK
    4. Japan
    5. Germany

    China is the first in the order because the extent of their regulations has reached a point where gaming is no longer even a fun leisure activity.

    South Korea came second in the order because their method seemed too time consuming and just like China, it lost its meaning as a fun leisure activity.

    UK is third in the list because by limiting the accessible game library on basis of one's age, gamers cannot play interesting games even if they want to.

    Japan is fourth because in my opinion, the have done the bare minimum to regulate gaming by giving nothing but a mere warning.

    Lastly, Germany is at the end of my list because the measures they have taken simply steal the attractive or interesting aspects to gaming by making the games to appear 100% unrealistic. If we don't even get to assassinate realistic animated humans in a first person shooter game, there is no point playing it.

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  • British Council.jpg motivated_orchard | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Sep 2021

    Which one is strict and which one isn't......... I think it depends mostly on time and adaptivity.
    In the very first look, seeing some new thoughts and ideas, we think this is very bad or excellent. Just like we are thinking china is the strictest. I am sure that most of the children now in China are thinking the decision is cruel. But after passing some years, you may see that all become familiar with it. They have adapted with this law. Then no one one will say that it is strict. This will allow them getting a lot of time and by utilising that they will have a great future.
    Man is the slave of habit. So before making a great change, one should have discussed that with the specialists and take their suggestions.
    The decision of China though make the environment good for the future generation, it will hamper lots of people like the game makes or companies, the lonely children etc. It may also hamper the present economic system. So, l think The Govt of China should also consider these things. Thus their decision will let them have a brilliant future and they will be example for the other countries.

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  • British Council.jpg blissful_flight | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Sep 2021

    My order was:
    1.China
    2.Germany
    3.South korea
    4.Japan
    5.Uk
    I put them in this order because China has given less time of playing games to their under 18's.they can only play it Fridays,Sundays,Saturdays,Public holidays between 8-9 pm. If someone plays out of this limit,they will get punishment. Games companies are also not free from this law. Much limitation of playing games and reference of enforcing laws against gaming and game companies made me think that it is the strictest.
    Again Germany has enforced a law to ban the games which the government thought too violent. These games were the favourite to the young generation.Banning the favourites of the young, I think Germany is also strict.
    Again UK has enforced a law to show which ages the games are appropriate for. No strict or active laws like banning are taken by UK.So I kept UK in the range of 'not strict'.
    Again South Korea and Japan have taken medium steps to stop gaming disorder which are more appropriate,I think

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  • British Council.jpg lively_deer | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Sep 2021

    My order was:

    Germany
    China
    South Korea
    Japan
    UK

    I put them in this order because I think Germany is being too harsh with this. They changed colour of blood and even changed humans to robots, it became like a garden with no flower. Many of us love playing realistic games and want to get the real vibe through gaming. But what's the point to realistic game lovers of playing games with such censorship? It ruined the whole fun. And China is being too excess with the gaming time, I think it would be better to not fix a particular time like 08-09pm so that the gamers can play on their convenient time. South Korea is doing a good thing by stopping playing of games for under 16 in midnight upto 6am and also taking parents' agreement for gaming by which the guardian can take proper decision regarding their child's gaming. Japan is alerting the gamers which let them know about their spending of so much time in gaming. And UK has put legal ratings on games so that nobody younger than rating can buy a game.

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  • British Council.jpg champion_seed | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Sep 2021

    1-China, due to stting a very short playing time.
    2-South Korea, because parents must be present while playing.
    3- Germany, because it is based only on determining ages.
    4- The United kingdom, because it does not have a fixed law to follow.
    5- Japan, because there is no external influence for the addicted to play.

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  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Sep 2021

    I put it in that order because China made playing time so little and so good. Some Chinese children spend days in front of their screens. This phenomenon has long been criticized in China for its negative consequences, such as poor eyesight, academic performance, lack of physical activity, or the risk of addiction. The laws originally prohibited minors from playing online between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. This is a decision, and in my opinion China's approach is preferable because the phenomenon of addiction to video games does not spread. This is what helps young people to progress, urbanize and succeed, which makes the country progress and thus permanently eliminate this phenomenon, which leads to a decrease in the percentage of addicts to these games, and this makes the country civilized, advanced and prosperous. Of course, Korea's approach is nice, but with this approach, they will become addicted to video games, right?

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