South Korea has one of the largest and richest online gaming cultures in the world. They say that 8% of 9-39 year olds are addicted to the Internet.
In South Korea, Internet cafes are popular with gamers, and estimates put the addiction rate for kids between the ages of 9-12 is 14%.
The government has become increasingly worried and is trying to find ways to curb the addiction problem. They are heavily involved in giving workshops and treatment for those with gaming addictions.
A law called the “shutdown law” or the “Cinderella law” was created by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. The law blocks online gaming sites at midnight for kids 16 and under, and it's caused many people to get angry.
First of all, kids can easily create gaming accounts with their parents’ information to continue playing past midnight. Secondly, not all gaming sites are blocked. Thirdly, parents feel they should have the ability to monitor their children’s gaming and that it is not the place of the government to restrict it.
The law is being questioned and the courts will end up deciding its validity.