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MOE urges all schools to implement safety promotion to "Carrot Knife" that is popular among elementary school students

MOE urges all schools to implement safety promotion to "Carrot Knife" that is popular among elementary school students.  Photo provided by the reader
MOE urges all schools to implement safety promotion to "Carrot Knife" that is popular among elementary school students. Photo provided by the reader
Taiwan Immigrants' Global News Network】Editor/ Tim Wu (吳宗翰)

Taiwanese elementary school campuses are currently seeing a surge in popularity for the "Carrot knife" toy, which has gained popularity recently on short video sites. Some parents are concerned that it will put schoolchildren's safety in danger. While the "Carrot Knife" has not been outright outlawed, the Ministry of Education has requested local governments and educational institutions to increase safety awareness and take note of any activities or materials that are not appropriate for children's physical or mental development.

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MOE urges all schools to implement safety promotion to "Carrot Knife" that is popular among elementary school students.Photo reproduced from Tiktok

"Carrot Knife" is a 3D printed plastic toy that looks like a knife. Several stationery producers have followed the trend and created a variety of "Carrot Knives," which are also highly well-liked by elementary school students. Parents may naturally be concerned since, although being made of plastic, the carrot knife can nevertheless readily puncture fruits with tough skin, such grapefruit and watermelon, with a little bit of power.

In retaliation, the Ministry of Education has lately written to every county and local education bureau, urging them to emphasize campus safety messaging and drawing attention to games and other materials that are inappropriate for students' physical and mental growth in the classroom. If a student takes it to class, the teacher will hold it for a little while before returning it after class.

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