China News Service, November 30th (China News Finance reporter Wu Tao) What do underage netizens in my country like to do online, how long do they spend online every day, have they encountered bad information, and what new security risks do they need to be wary of when surfing the Internet?

  On November 30, the Youth Rights and Interests Protection Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) released the "2021 National Research Report on Internet Use by Minors" (hereinafter referred to as the "Report"), depicting the impact of underage Internet users in my country. Web portrait.


More than half of underage Internet users spend less than 1 hour a day on the Internet during holidays

  The "Report" shows that in 2021, the number of minor Internet users in my country will reach 191 million, and the Internet penetration rate of minors will reach 96.8%.

Among them, the Internet penetration rate of urban minors in my country is 96.7%, and the Internet penetration rate of rural minors is 97.3%.

Image source: Screenshot of "Report"

  In 2021, the Internet penetration rate of primary school students in my country will reach 95.0%, an increase of 2.9 percentage points compared with 2020, and the trend of younger age for minors to access the Internet is obvious.

  In terms of online time, the "Report" shows that 66.0% of underage Internet users spend less than half an hour a day on average on weekdays, and 51.8% of underage Internet users spend less than one hour a day on holidays; the average time on weekdays is 2 hours a day The proportion of the above is 8.7%, and the proportion of the average daily Internet access for more than 5 hours during holidays is 9.9%, which is a decrease of 2-3 percentage points compared with 2020.

What do underage netizens like to do online?

Using to study accounts for the highest proportion

  The "Report" data shows that the proportion of underage Internet users who often use the Internet for learning in the past six months has reached 88.9%.

Listening to music and playing games online are the main online recreational activities of minors, accounting for 63.0% and 62.3% respectively.

Chatting online is the main online communication and social activity for minors, accounting for 53.4%.

Image source: Screenshot of "Report"

  Among online leisure and entertainment activities, 47.6% of underage netizens frequently watch short videos, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points from 2020 (49.3%); It fell 2.6 percentage points, a reduction of nearly a third.

  It is worth noting that the "Report" pointed out that since 2019, major video, short video, social networking, games and other online platforms have successively launched youth models.

The survey found that although 85.9% of the minors and 91.6% of the parents knew about the youth mode, less than half of the minors and their parents had set up the youth mode, 40% of the parents believed that the effect of the youth mode was not obvious enough, Adult netizens expressed dissatisfaction with the teenage model.

The management of minors' game accounts tends to be stricter, but 31.9% of minor netizens have used their parents' accounts to play games.

Be wary of new online security risks, the younger you are, the weaker your defenses will be

  According to the "Report", 25.5% of underage netizens encountered cybersecurity incidents in the past six months, a decrease of 1.7 percentage points compared with 2020; Reporting, an increase of 5.7 percentage points compared with 2020.

Image source: Screenshot of "Report"

  The "Report" pointed out that some new risks and hidden dangers have emerged in network security.

For example, some underage netizens do not have a strong awareness of network security precautions, and 20.0% of underage netizens have no concept of preventing online fraud, information leakage, and online rumors, and the younger they are, the weaker their awareness of prevention.

  Network security traps are also "advancing with the times". Compared with 2020, the proportion of underage Internet users who encounter traditional problems such as account password theft, computer or mobile phone viruses continues to decline, but encounter online fraud, personal information leakage, etc. The proportion of new questions with various forms and "full routines" has increased slightly.

  The "Report" also pointed out that new Internet-connected devices have information security risks. New Internet-connected devices such as smart watches, smart desk lamps, smart speakers, and dictionary pens are rapidly popular among underage Internet users. The standards vary. 56.0% of minor Internet users, 56.8% of parents and 79.0% of teachers expressed concern about the information security risks of such devices.