Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services, said that they will create an evaluation and rating system to prevent toys and digital content that cause social reactions from adversely affecting children's health and safety.
Minister Selçuk said that they attach importance to ensuring that children are properly introduced to information technologies and that children are protected from digital risks. Reminding that they have established a Notification Platform for Fight Against Miserable Content so that families can deliver publications and applications that they consider harmful to children directly to the Ministry, Selçuk said, “We are implementing a new project that will protect our children from harmful content. We will create an evaluation and rating system in accordance with our cultural structure regarding the games and toys produced for children ”.
Physical Characteristics of Toys and Their Suitability for Psychosocial Development Will Be Evaluated
Providing information about the content and operation of the system, Minister Selçuk said, “We needed to establish some standards on toys and games that cause social reactions and have negative effects on the psychosocial development of children. "We plan to create evaluation criteria in terms of compliance with the physical characteristics of toys as well as the psychosocial development of children, by meeting with relevant institutions such as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce.
We Aim to Raise Awareness to Parents
Selçuk noted that studies to be carried out in cooperation with the relevant institutions will raise the awareness of children and parents about games and toys. Minister Selçuk said, "With the implementation of the system in question, we aim to raise awareness about which toys parents should prefer for their children and which toys are inappropriate for children's development."