Violence, sexual harassment and commercial exploitation major internet risks facing children

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/10/22 18:38:40

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Violence, sexual harassment and commercial exploitation have become three major risks minors face as internet users, experts said at a seminar on children's internet protection held on Monday. 

Zhang Xuemei, vice director of Beijing Children's Legal Aid & Research Center, said that Chinese juveniles are facing many risks in cyberspace, and violence, sexual harassment and commercial exploitation are three major risks, according to

The seminar was held on Monday by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and China Women's News.

Cyber risks facing juveniles include cyber bullying, cyber fraud, harmful information, personal information leakage, cyber addiction and induced crimes, according to Zhang.

Liu Li, a communication specialist at UNICIFE Office in China said that UNICEF proposed to attach special attention to children in cyber management, and that a management framework and mechanism should be created to reinforce children's personal information and privacy protection. 

Improving children's digital literacy is also a key factor to children's internet protection. 

A research report on underage internet users in China in 2018 shows that as many as 15.6 percent underage internet users had experienced cyber bullying or cyber harassment, and more than 30.3 percent of them had been exposed to harmful, violent online content. 

The report was released in April by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China and the China Internet Network Information Center, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

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