Taiwanese Lawmakers Approved the “Child and Youth Welfare and Protection Act”

Taiwanese parents are now obliged by law to stop their children from spending too much time on electronic devices, the island's media has reported.

Lawmakers passed a revision to the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act on Friday to expand existing regulations that ban children aged under 18 from smoking, drinking, chewing betel nut and using drugs to cover the use of electronic devices, Central News Agency reported.

The new regulation stipulates that juveniles "may not constantly use electronic products for a period of time that is not reasonable," according to the amendment.

Parents and legal guardians can be fined up to NT$50,000 (S$2,150) if they are found to have allowed their children to use electronic products to an extent that causes them to become ill, either physically or mentally, the amendment said.

The new regulation, however, does not define what is considered a "reasonable" amount of time.

Source: The Sunday Times


WireTech Comments

First of all is neccessary to ask a question, who will supervise the law enforcement? And second question is, how excess screen time can be considered to be the equivalent of smoking, drinking and using drugs?

Screen time is not an objective metrics because it depens on what people are doing with their devices. Does the law mean TV screens, or computer screens? Or something else?

Actually we can see again and again how government can't respond to fast technology development. The resctrictions can't work in the long term, because people will always find some solution how to get around the law.

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