Stop web cast­ing its net on kids

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

We­b­cast­ing, which has grown pop­u­lar in China in re­cent years, is not with­out its set of prob­lems. A res­i­dent sur­named An of Nan­jing in East China’s Jiangsu Prov­ince learnt it the hard way when half of the money in his bank ac­count sud­denly evap­o­rated. An called the po­lice when he found that his bank ac­count short about 10,000 yuan ($1,441) af­ter re­turn­ing home from of­fice. He was sur­prised to find that his 12-year-old daugh­ter had doled out the money to a webcast plat­form by us­ing his mo­bile phone. This is not the first case of “mis­placed char­ity” when chil­dren re­warded money on the sly to webcast plat­forms us­ing their par­ent’s mo­bile. Ev­ery on­line prod­uct should build safe­guards against whim­si­cal trans­ac­tions by chil­dren or in­di­vid­u­als not au­tho­rized to do so, re­duc­ing the risk of mis­use by mi­nors. Lack of parental guid­ance is an­other rea­son par­ents like An have to re­pent. Chil­dren should be ed­u­cated against com­mit­ting such fi­nan­cial bloop­ers and told why it is wrong. Only com­bined over­sight from the net­work and par­ents can work to al­le­vi­ate the prob­lem.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Xia Qing/GT

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