A veritable TV wasteland for children, the nation lacks not only public TV stations devoted to child audiences but also original age-appropriate shows for minors, the Child Welfare League Foundation said yesterday.
"Take a country like Britain. It offers six public TV stations devoted to children, with different programming targeting different age groups. Taiwan, on the other hand, has no such public TV stations," said Alicia Wang (
A non-government organization (NGO) devoted to improving child welfare services, the foundation yesterday released the results of a survey of 1,351 elementary and middle school students nationwide on children's TV viewing habits.
The survey showed that more than 70 percent of children watch more than one hour of TV a day -- with nearly 30 percent watching four or more hours -- during the school week.
TV viewing rates among children further skyrocket on weekends and holidays, with only 3.2 percent of children not watching any TV on such days.
"Kids are bombarded every day by inappropriate commercials and shows packed with violence and sexual content," Wang said, adding that the government should regulate TV programming more effectively to protect young viewers.
A foundation press release said that nearly 50 percent of children approved of "getting even [with one's enemies]" and "having children out of wedlock" due to the influence of mature TV programming.
Self-styled "One-Eyed Dragon," a 13-year-old boy said sensational TV news featuring legislators behaving badly or beer commercials made him feel uncomfortable.
"We're minors -- we can't drink. But we see all those beer commercials and can't help but think that they're directed at us," One-Eyed Dragon told conference participants yesterday.
Wang said that while there were some cartoons and children's shows on Taiwanese TV, the nation lacked original programming for youth.
"A lot of these cartoons aren't appropriate for older kids. There isn't any systematic method of targeting different age groups among children viewers," Wang added.
DIPLOMATIC MOVES: Beijing is reportedly pressing the state after reports of forming links with Taiwan, while the ministry is also planning to reopen its office in Guam soon A representative office is set to open in Somaliland at the end of this month, at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday amid reports that Beijing is sending a diplomatic delegation to the east African country. The ministry on July 1 announced that Taiwan and Somaliland would establish representative offices, following a report by the Somaliland Chronicle Web site. It said at the time that the two nations did not plan to establish formal ties. Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi has instructed close confidants to explore the possibility of “mutual recognition between Taiwan and Somaliland,” the Somaliland Chronicle reported
‘IMMORAL, INSINCERE’: Huang Kun-huei said that Ma was ‘distorting history’ in claiming that Lee Teng-hui laid the foundation for the so-called ‘1992 consensus’ Former Presidential Office secretary-general Huang Kun-huei (黃昆輝) on Saturday rejected former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) claim that former president Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) had been a proponent of Beijing’s “one China” principle. Lee, who served as president from 1988 to 2000, died in Taipei on Thursday last week. After visiting the Taipei Guest House on Saturday to pay his respects to Lee, Ma posted on Facebook that “28 years ago on this day” Lee hosted a session of the now-defunct National Unification Council, during which he passed a resolution on the “one China” principle. That resolution became the basis of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s
NEW ERA: Taiwan, which has controlled its virus outbreak, now faces the challenge of safely resuming economic exchanges with other nations, Chang Shan-chwen said People should not focus entirely on having zero new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Taiwan, but neglect overall control over the disease situation, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) specialist advisory panel convener Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳) said yesterday. Chang made the remark at a forum in Taipei discussing the steps Taiwan should take in the post-pandemic era, organized by the Chinese-language magazine Global Views Monthly. Chang, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director-General Chou Jih-haw (周志浩), and Stanford University’s Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention director C. Jason Wang (王智弘) each made a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Chang, Wang and Buddhist Tzu
A Belgian man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Taiwan last week is likely to have contracted the disease in Taipei in late June, National Taiwan University (NTU) College of Public Health vice dean Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Saturday reported that the man, who is in his 20s, came to Taiwan for work on May 3 and tested positive on Wednesday last week as he was about to depart. The man in March reported loss of taste and smell, the center said, adding that he worked in Changhua County, but visited Taipei several times,