Parents urged to set video game rules for children
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Parents should regulate the amount of time children spend on games and help develop correct habits about games, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) announced yesterday.
February 13, 2013, 1:28 am TWN
The IDB said parents should set rules about video games so as to teach children to develop proper habits regarding surfing the Internet and playing video games.
Lo Ta-sheng (羅達生), an official at the IDB, said during the long Chinese New Year holiday, many children purchase video games with money from red envelopes, a monetary gift that they receive during the holiday.
“Parents can make rules based on the five principles the IDB recommended,” Lo said, which are: “no verbal bullying, no video game obsessions, no over-consumption, no violating regulations, and comply with the video game's rating system.”
According to Game Software Rating Management Regulations, gaming software is divided into five ratings in accordance with its content.
Lo said parents should look at a video game's website or packaging so they can be sure of its rating when purchasing it.
Several internet frauds have been taking place, Lo said, so people should also be alert to any signs of fraud when playing online games or using instant message software.
Separately, New Taipei City's Legal Affairs Department (LAD) reminded the public yesterday that they can return online shopping products within seven days if they provide adequate written documents.
LAD Director Chiu Hui-mei (邱惠美) said that during the Chinese New Year holiday, many people shop online or through TV and mail order services. However, this also creates many disputes about exchanging and returning products.
“Consumers are not required to provide any reasons to cancel the purchasing contract,” Chiu said.
According to Consumer Protection Law, consumers can even cancel the purchasing contract before receiving the product.
Chiu said consumers who purchase online or through TV and mail order services should notify business operators with written documents, instead of verbal notifications, so as to ensure the right to cancel the purchasing contract.
The LAD said people can download documents including cancellation of contract and a legal attest letter from the LAD website if needed.