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Ill-informed parents have few choices
    2011-06-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Wang Yuanyuan

    MANY parents did not think too much about hidden hazards when buying toys for their children.

    “Most of the time we choose a toy based on whether it is fun and my child’s preferences. We would also look at quality. But we are hardly concerned whether it is safe because we think toys sold at big supermarkets and stores should be safe,” said Wang Guangyong, the father of a 5-year-old boy in Shenzhen.

    Wang’s thoughts were representative of many parents.

    “I know there are some safety problems with some cheap toys, such as containing excessive amounts of harmful chemicals and heavy metals. But I think if I buy it at big stores, there won’t be a problem,” said Zhu Xin, the mother of a 3-year-old boy.

    However, many parents said they were even worried about toys bought from reputable stores for fear of double standards, but they admitted they did not know how to look for a safe toy for children.

    When purchasing a toy, read the labels and safety warnings about the materials. Quality certificates are very important, said Professor Pan Jianping, of the medical school at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

    He advised parents to avoid toys with a strong scent or strange smell or one that is extremely colorful because they could contain harmful chemicals. Parents should also avoid buying cheap toys because these, along with cheap stationary, contained excessive traces of heavy metals, Professor Pan said.

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