The internet has been both a blessing and a curse in many ways.
Internet is now used in almost every country. It makes the world smaller and people can communicate with each other more easily. On the other hand, many people get addicted to the internet and lose control over their lives.
Nowadays, it is having more bad effects on minors.
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New regulations aimed at curbing internet addiction in minors were drafted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, according to a Chinese-language report by the South China Morning Post. It will expand regulation on online gaming for minors to include live streaming, audio, video, and social media services.
The bill calls for all online service providers to create a “youth mode” with limits on allowed:
- Usage time
- Content; and,
Authorities hope the bill will lead to a healthier, more civilized internet for China’s youths.
With the internet penetration rate for minors at 94.9%, the young segment is well above the overall rate of 70.4%.
China’s general secretary Xi Jinping recently issued a call to strengthen cyberspace governance in accordance with the law and to strengthen the construction of online content, particularly for young people.
The regulations are aimed at increasing internet literacy among minors and establishing information content norms, creating mechanisms for protecting the personal information of minors, and controlling internet addiction.
The government will also create mechanisms to prevent youth from accessing inappropriate, sensitive, or harmful content on the internet.
Not just only to online service providers, these regulations are also applicable to all hardware companies who are making and selling mobile devices and computers.
These companies, before releasing their products to consumers, have to “accept government and social supervision” by installing software with a “youth mode” on their devices.
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In my opinion, these measures should be taken in every country to provide a safe social environment to our youngsters.