China News Service, Beijing, July 20 (Reporter Yu Zhanyi) The reporter learned from the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China on the 20th that the "Internet Protection · Guarding Growth" seminar held on the same day released the "National Minors in 2020" Research Report on Internet Usage.

The report pointed out that in 2020, China's underage Internet users will reach 183 million, and the Internet penetration rate will be 94.9%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from 2019.

  It is understood that this year’s report is based on a sample survey of 29,155 students and 5,965 parents in elementary, junior, high, and vocational schools in 31 provinces (regions and cities) across the country. Internet penetration, Internet access environment, and Internet application among minors The use of Internet, network security and rights protection, parents’ guidance and management of children’s Internet access and other aspects show the current status and main characteristics of minors’ Internet use.

  The report shows that the scale of underage netizens continues to grow, and the trend of younger age who touch the net is more obvious.

In 2020, China's underage Internet users will reach 183 million, and the Internet penetration rate is 94.9%, an increase of 1.8 percentage points from 2019, which is higher than the national Internet penetration rate (70.4%).

More than one-third of elementary school students began to use the Internet before school age, and the trend is increasing year by year. With the development of the digital age, children are getting younger and younger when they first touch the Internet.

  The Internet penetration rate of minors in urban and rural areas has basically leveled, but there are differences in specific network applications.

The difference in Internet penetration among minors between urban and rural areas has declined for two consecutive years, from 5.4 percentage points in 2018 to 3.6 percentage points in 2019, and further to 0.3 percentage points in 2020.

In terms of network applications, the proportion of urban juvenile netizens using search engines, social networking sites, news, shopping and other applications with strong social attributes is more than 6 percentage points higher than that in rural areas, while rural juvenile netizens use short videos, animations or comics and other recreational entertainment The ratio is higher than that in cities and towns.

  The report pointed out that most minors have their own Internet devices, and that new smart terminals have become popular rapidly.

Mobile phones are the primary Internet access device for minor netizens, with 92.2% of them using them.

The proportion of underage Internet users who own their own Internet devices reached 82.9%.

  Among them, more than 60% (65.0%) own mobile phones, followed by tablet computers (26.0%).

About a quarter use smart watches (including phone watches) to surf the Internet.

With the maturity of related industries such as smart devices and wearable devices, and the gradual rollout of 5G networks, new smart devices such as smart watches have become popular among minors rapidly, expanding the environment for minors to surf the Internet.

  In addition, learning, listening to music, playing games, and chatting are the top online activities among minors in recent years.

The proportion of underage netizens learning extracurricular knowledge and receiving online education and guidance through the Internet has continued to increase, an increase of more than 7 percentage points over 2018.

After the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia, the Internet has become an important guarantee for "stopping classes and not stopping school", and 93.6% of underage netizens learn through online classes during the epidemic.

As an emerging form of entertainment, the proportion of minors watching short videos has increased from 40.5% in 2018 to 49.3%; the number of fans participating in support has also reached 8.0%, and the main participants are junior high school students.