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Regulators work on protection for young

By Zhao Xinying (China Daily) Updated: 2015-12-18 11:04

Cyberspace administration authorities and experts on cyber security in China are working hard to protect juveniles on the Internet.

Lu Wei, head of Cyberspace Administration of China, spoke of the importance of protecting the rights of juveniles at a press conference before the Second World Internet Conference.

"The Chinese government has strengthened the administration of the Internet by cracking down on Internet rumors, crimes and pornography, to protect the rights and growth of juveniles," he said.

Lu said cyberspace administration departments in China have their own standards and benchmarks of inspecting and even deleting some online posts or websites. The posts and websites cannot violate Chinese laws or infringe upon the rights and interests of others, and should not do harm to the healthy growth of juveniles.

Statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center showed that in 2014, the number of juvenile Internet users had reached 277 million, accounting for nearly 80 percent of the country's juvenile population.

Data from the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center also indicated that more than 70 percent of complaints it had received involved pornographic content. To stop teenagers from accessing improper or unhealthy cyber content, the administration launched an initiative to protect juveniles on the Internet around Children's Day this year.

The action, targeted at young netizens who are heavy Internet users but have little knowledge of safety, focused on five areas: instant-messaging services, social network platforms, information storage platforms, online videos and micro videos, and mobile applications and platforms.

The administration is also working to draw up a series of regulations about protecting juveniles on the Internet.

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