The Criminal Court in Thailand has ordered that 72 websites relating to online gambling or sites offering any form of games be blocked, after the death of a 12-year-old boy who jumped off from a balcony, six floors above the ground, in his school after being banned from playing computer games by his father.
The order affects all ISPs, which will be now forced to prevent access to their websites as any ISP that is found to encourage or provide access to such sites will be face a jail term and a fine, and also have their license revoked by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.
A report by the Bangkok Post has quoted the director of the Rajanagarindra Child and Adolescent Mental Health Institute, Bundit Sornpaisarn, saying that children who were addicted to games had “an aggressive mentality” and were “more likely to commit suicide than others”.
“Parents need to instil a sense of discipline in children from a young age if such tragedies are to be prevented,” Sornpaisarn said to the newspaper.
Game addiction, however, is a difficult topic to debate as research has proven and disproven the case of its existence – but also many game-related subjects like does gaming influence violence, have no clear answer by medical professionals, as they can be proven and disproven. The only answer that links both is, well, the mind of the subject.
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