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Melvin Yong on Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

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Beyond social media sites, online bullying behaviour is also prevalent in online games, said MP Melvin Yong. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), he warned that children tend to treat what happens in online games very seriously. A key concern about the popularity of video games is that so much of the content is hyper-sexualised, he said. Pornography is often embedded in these games and many games glorify violence and sexual exploitation, he added. He pointed out that online games have evolved from being single-player to massively multi-player interactions, with many children unwittingly gaming with strangers, raising their online safety risks significantly. He hopes the Government can include regulation of the online gaming space in its next review. Mr Yong also proposed better protection for children in the online space with "speed humps" to manage their screen time and called for more efforts against online bullying.  

Beyond social media sites, online bullying behaviour is also prevalent in online games, said MP Melvin Yong. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), he warned that children tend to treat what happens in online games very seriously. A key concern about the popularity of video games is that so much of the content is hyper-sexualised, he said. Pornography is often embedded in these games and many games glorify violence and sexual exploitation, he added. He pointed out that online games have evolved from being single-player to massively multi-player interactions, with many children unwittingly gaming with strangers, raising their online safety risks significantly. He hopes the Government can include regulation of the online gaming space in its next review. Mr Yong also proposed better protection for children in the online space with "speed humps" to manage their screen time and called for more efforts against online bullying.  

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