Commentaries from the Front Page Sections, translated…
Recently, the legislators passed a law, that might turn half the children in the nation against their parents.
It’s like this: awhile ago, the legislators amended the “Protective Rights of Children & Adolescents Act”, in the name of protecting the children, added the addendum that children under eighteen should not be allowed to use the high-tech protects for over the “reasonable time”, otherwise, the parents will get fined ten to fifty thousand dollars.
As for what constitutes as “reasonable time”, the sanitary department said, that if you’d stared at a screen for thirty minutes, then, you must take a break, in order, to save your eye sights.
After this amendment was written, there are a TON of noises, not only are the kids complaining, and the parents have a stronger opinion on being the high-tech use police in the households.
The most apparent voice against this rule is: this, is an undoable law, the children used the flat screens to watch the animated long movies, it will take over half an hour, is it, really, necessary, for them, to pause the film in the middle?
And, if the parents didn’t abide by this law, how do we report, or even, take down evidences? The legislators said, that the grandparents can make recordings as evidence and turn them in! This, is even MORE outrageous, which made the outrageousness of this new amendment grow even greater.
The legislators explained, “this is a very forward-thinking law”, the purpose of the law is NOT to punish the parents, but to help protect the eye sights of the younger generations, and also, allowing the adults to understand that “they should NOT slack off on their parenting duties”, to not use the high-tech products as the babysitters.
This reason is even more laughable. The experts, from a very long ago, pointed out, that the sight problem that children are developing has to do with the lighting in the classrooms, and the heaviness of the reading and writing in school. Way before the high-tech products came into the game, nearsightedness is already spread throughout the nation, and, blaming the high-tech products is giving the wrong cures.
Plus, are the high-tech products, the internet really hurting the education of children? Most parents have their own takes on the matter, and, all we can say, is that it can go either way. Some kids are addicted to online gaming, some youths are troubled by being bullied online; but, there are those children from the distant regions who’d benefitted from the online resources, and they’re finding what they needed in life, in a place where resources are limited.
What’s more is, in this sort of “controlled thought process”, what kinds of children are going to be raised? And, knowing self-control, how to manage one’s own time, give and take, aren’t those also, important values that one should be learning throughout life too?
Recently, Mr. Kai-Fu Lee was answering the question of “how to instill that sense of innovation in children?” he’d mentioned an alternative kind of three C’s: Curiosity, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, encouraged the children to not be “well-behaved”, that they must learn to find the answers themselves, and treated the internet as the teachers one can learn from.
But the recent amendments are trying to create “Mamas’ Boys”: the time spent on the tablets, online, and cell phone usage, with the amendment of the constitution, the parents gets to decide, and not talking with the kids on how to limit their time usage, or teaching them self-control; magnifying the matter, what schools we go to, what majors we choose, what career paths we shall take, whatever our parents say go. And, if this is the way it goes, what sort of a next generation would we have? Can they be responsible for their own actions?
Limiting, restricting the high-tech products, this, was the most widely used strategies of the parents in Taiwan; we rarely looked into what had satisfied the children in the social networking online, and where the magnetic pull came from.
Bottom line is, the time frame of thirty minutes for the high-tech products, before you ask the kids to abide by, why don’t you ask yourselves: can the adults abide by these same rules who are lowering their heads, sliding on their cell phones from day to day?
And so, the starting point of this new law is good, to prevent the younger kids from spending too much time on the high-tech products, after all, we are, letting these things, babysit our young these days, but, the writer also posed an important problem with this rule: who’s going to strictly enforce that this law is followed? If the parents are already busying, using their cell phones all day long, how the HELL can they be the good example for the kids, for not using their high-tech products as much? And, how many adults CAN limit their times on their cell phone, how many of you, while commuting on the buses or transits, are not LINING people, or, clicking whatever, or playing those addictive games like Candy Crush? Exactly, and, until you ALL can follow these rules down to the “t”, you got NO right, telling us, the younger generations, HOW we should act!