China Focus: 100 websites pledge healthy, positive content
BEIJING, Sep 29, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
One hundred websites and news
portals pledged to create a healthy and positive cyber environment
for minors here on Sunday.
They called on all Internet media organizations to advocate the
Chinese dream, which is characterized by national prosperity and
rejuvenation as well as citizens living a happy life.
Their calls also include setting up examples from which youth can
learn, eliminating harmful information on the Internet and offering
online services such as psychological counseling, legal assistance
and poverty reduction.
They announced the pledge amid an Internet-cleaning campaign
jointly initiated by the State Internet Information Office, the
Ministry of Education, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth
League of China and the All-China Women's Federation on Sept. 16.
The campaign is targeted at creating a positive and healthy
Internet culture for the good of youngsters.
The 100 participating websites include such big names as
people.com, xinhuanet.com, sina.com, sohu.com, baidu.com and qq.com.
Zhao Guochen, the deputy editor of qq.com, believes stricter
content management is imperative. Zhao said qq.com's editorial team
blocked any content they deemed vulgar, particularly in qq's
education and children's channels, and they impose rigorous
supervision over such material.
The clean-up campaign also came against the backdrop of an
increasing young population hooked on the Internet.
According to a recent survey conducted by the China Youth
Association for Network Development, over 24 million young people are
addicted to the Internet, and another 18 million show such an
Li Zhanjiang, vice president of Beijing Anding Hospital, a
hospital specializing in mental health, said it was predicted that
harm caused by Internet addiction will be no less than addiction to
heroin. Without effective interventions, web addiction will impede
young people's healthy growth.
Wang Jisheng, a psychology professor with the Chinese Academy of
Sciences, argued that the Internet itself should not take all the
blame for youngsters' cyber addiction. The Internet is supposed to
enrich Chinese students' rote-learning-centered education, but it has
not been used properly.
As China's school system still attaches great importance to
students' exam performance, overloaded students tend to seek a vent
for their pressure, Wang said, so once they get to know the
kaleidoscopic information on the Internet, they often lose self
According to statistics reported by the China Internet Network
Information Center, as of June 2013, China had 591 million web users,
including 320 million under 30, or 54 percent of the total.
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