China News Agency, Beijing, November 30th (Reporter Yu Zhanyi) The "2021 National Research Report on Internet Use by Minors" (hereinafter referred to as the report) was released on the 30th.
According to the report, the number of underage Internet users in China will reach 191 million in 2021.
The trend of younger age for minors to access the Internet is obvious, and the Internet penetration rate of primary school students is as high as 95.0%.
The report is based on a sample survey of 26,349 minor students, 13,283 parents, and 1,632 teachers in primary schools, junior high schools, high schools, and secondary vocational schools in 31 provinces (autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the Central Government) across the country. , network use characteristics, education supervision, network security and protection of rights and interests, etc., analyze the main trends and characteristics of minors' Internet use, and put forward relevant suggestions in a targeted manner.
The report shows that in 2021, the number of minor Internet users in China will reach 191 million, and the Internet penetration rate of minors will reach 96.8%; For the first time, the Internet penetration rate surpassed that of cities and towns; the Internet penetration rate of primary school students reached 95.0%, an increase of 2.9 percentage points compared with 2020, and the trend of minors getting online at a younger age is obvious.
Most minors started using the Internet when they were in elementary school or before, and the younger the age, the higher the proportion.
The proportion of primary school students using the Internet for the first time before entering elementary school reached 28.2%, and the proportion of junior high school, high school, and secondary vocational education students accessing the Internet before entering elementary school was about 20%.
In addition, among the underage netizens, 86.7% own their own Internet devices, an increase of 3.8 percentage points compared with 2020.
54.0% of the parents require their children's online behavior to be under their own supervision, and 79.7% of the parents will make an agreement with their children and allow them to moderately entertain themselves online.
Among the underage Internet users, 47.3% of the parents have set the youth mode for their children.
The report shows that the subjective dependence of underage netizens on the Internet and the subjective feelings of parents that their children spend too much time online are on the decline.
42.0% of underage netizens believe that they are not dependent on the Internet, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from 2020; 27.3% of parents believe that their children spend too much time online, a decrease of 4.5 percentage points from 2020.
The report also presents several key findings.
For example, the Internet penetration rate of minors continues to increase, and the degree of Internet dependence has declined; there are urban-rural differences in the use of the Internet by minors, and the education and management of minor Internet users in rural areas is relatively insufficient; the supervision of Internet platforms has achieved initial results, and the youth model needs to be further promoted and improved; The platform has become an important channel for obtaining information, and its impact on the shaping of minors' values deserves attention; the network security environment continues to improve, and new risks and hidden dangers cannot be ignored.
In response to the above findings, the report recommends that "government, schools, families, society, and enterprises" work together to comply with the development laws of the digital society, combine governance with education, and use multiple approaches to protect the healthy growth of the "Internet Generation" minors.