February 16, 2015

NEWS: Taiwan's New Law Imposes Fines On Parents That Allow Kids To Spend "Excessive" Time On Electronic Devices

This seems "Taiwan-centered" at first, but most of the questions are valid basically anywhere in the world where the Internet is accessed by children.

As our world goes increasingly digital, kids are spending an inordinate amount of time with their electronic devices - smartphones, computers and tablets. This has raised concern among experts who believe that this habit is detrimental to children's well-being. Now the government of one country has taken an unusual measure to curb this "harmful" activity.

On January 24th, the lawmakers in Taiwan revised their "Child and Youth Welfare and Protection Act," to include the "excessive" use of electronic devices or what they call 3C products. According to the amendment, parents are liable if their children become ill, either physically or mentally, as a result of spending too much time in front of their electronic screens. Those found guilty will have to pay a penalty of $50,000 Taiwanese Dollars ($1595 USD) for the "offense."

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