Ignorant Children Consume Family Savings for Online Gratuity – Whose Fault is This?
The question of why sweet and obedient children in daily life has become blind consumers at online virtual platform has troubled many parents. In 2017, Ms. Chen, who is engaged in clothing business, paid attention to the abnormal performance of her child. Ms. Chen’s daughter is only 11 years old. She is obedient and sensible in school, and serves as class monitor. However, recently, she frequently rewards online anchor with her mother’s account on the Meipai app, which is more than 70,000 yuan. At the beginning of this year, the hospitalization expenses of Ms. Xiao from Yiliang were also all spent by her child on network platform. At the same time, the third intermediate people’s Court of Tianjin tried a case in July in which minors spent about 1.6 million yuan through live network platform for rewarding. In the end, these three cases ended with the repayment of consumption amount by the network platform.
In recent years, with the development of the Internet and live broadcasting industry, watching live videos with mobile phones in spare time has become one of the ways for many people to relax. At the same time of leisure and relaxation, people can see that some rich audience often spend hundreds or thousands of money as tips. However, if the seemingly rich giver is just a child, the rationality of this reward behavior is questionable. In a large number of disclosed incidents where minors spend a large amount of money on the virtual network platform, most of the results are that the platforms repay the consumption amount to the minors’ parents. Moreover, the Supreme Court have also clearly promulgated that when minors participate in online paid games or live broadcast platform consumption without the consent of their guardians, the guardians have the right to ask the network platform to return the money when minors spend money that is incompatible with their age and intelligence. However, the public should think about the reasons for the frequent occurrence of such case and how to avoid.
It can be concluded that such incidents mainly involve two problems: ‘irrational consumption’ and ‘Internet addiction’. Regarding the problem of large consumption, under clear legislation, the government should strengthen the supervision. Moreover, major network platforms should improve the verification standards and the payment authority. If necessary, multiple verification mechanism can be set up to effectively prevent minors from spending large amounts of money. At the same time, the community and school should strengthen publicity. For example, at the community level, various preventive educational activities should be carried out for parents, and corresponding legal advisory services should be provided. Parents need to pay attention to own property management and the education of children’s values of money. Schools should also carry out theme activities for students, and establish their healthy opinion on money and consumption, so that they can understand that the money they spend is not easily available and the consumption must be reasonable. In daily life, parents should reasonably manage their own property and increase the management of mobile phones or other electronic equipment.
The problem of Internet addiction is the main problem that bothers many parents at present. On the one hand, the network platform needs to improve the real person verification standard to prevent minors from being addicted to the Internet for a long time. On the other hand, it needs the protection and assistance from families, schools and communities. Many children addicted to the Internet are facing the problem of lack of parents’ company. Therefore, it is an effective way for parents to spend more time with their children and actively lead their children to explore different interests and hobbies. Schools should pay attention to the construction of various interest groups to help children develop positive and healthy interests. The community should build extra-curricular activities for children, which is not only conducive to reducing the problem of Internet addiction, but is also conducive to the integration of children into their peers, which is helpful to their physical and mental health and comprehensive development.
In daily life, people can find that there are fewer and fewer children who love outdoor activities and are close to nature. There are more and more temptations for children to face in the process of online entertainment. If this is not restrained, the loss of family property is only the most superficial damage. The deeper loss would the damage to the healthy growth of children. Finally, it is hoped that relevant departments, network platforms, communities, schools and families can attach importance to the comprehensive development of children, so that the energetic figure and happy laughter can reappear in sunlight.
翻译：丁琦 资讯：程 鑫
3 Chinanews.com. Primary school students spend more than 70000 yuan to reward online anchor. The most daily consumption is 1888 yuan, up to three times. http://www.chinanews.com/sh/2018/08-02/8586752.shtml,2020-7-24
4 www.yntv.cn. Nine years old children spend half year’s saving on Kwai app. https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/iUTBg1vj6dgcZ4mObbnyHw,2020-7-24
5 www.yntv.cn. Nearly 1.6 million yuan was awarded to the anchor by minors, the company involved returned all the money. http://www.xinhuanet.com/legal/2020-07/16/c_1126247615.htm,2020-7-24