CHINA Most Chinese parents seek better internet content for children: survey

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Most Chinese parents seek better internet content for children: survey

Xinhua

16:32, August 23, 2020

About 71 percent of Chinese parents suggest improvement to internet content meant for minors.(Photo: China Daily)

BEIJING - About 71 percent of Chinese parents suggest improvement to internet content meant for minors, the China Youth Daily reported citing a recent survey.

The survey of 1,990 parents of minors, mostly living in urban areas, showed that nearly 80 percent respondents use content filter for their children who visit online platforms.

Around 44 percent respondents think the content filters provided by online platforms are effective in preventing children from being hooked on to the internet, while 24.4 percent disagree.

"Many online platforms now offer content filtering for teenagers. On some platforms, the filter option will pop out after login. Parents can turn on the filter before handing their mobile phones to their children," said Zhu Wei, associate professor at China University of Political Science and Law.

A report by the China Internet Network Information Center showed that the number of underage internet users in China reached 175 million in 2019.

Parents also had concerns about online safety and content design. Over 69 percent respondents said children can manage to avoid the filter by logging into another account, and nearly 48 percent said the filter can be easily removed.

More than 70 percent parents suggested more quality internet content for teenagers. Another 56.2 percent believe parents should spend more time with their children to prevent them from getting addicted to the internet.

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