China Releases Blue Book on Children, Teenagers' Online Literacy

北京市 December 28, 2018

The publishing house of Communication University of China officially released a blue book to examine the internet literacy of children and teenagers in the country at a themed seminar held at Beijing Normal University on December 30.

According to the report, organizers surveyed 7,044 children and teenagers from 57 middle schools in 22 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. The questionnaire was designed to learn more about their online literacy and the problems faced by such groups in the process of surfing the internet.

The study looked at juveniles' literacy from the perspective of their management of personal attention, their search and utility of online information, an analysis and evaluation of internet-based information, impression management related to the internet, and the administration of personal information.

Researchers gave respondents a literacy test and found the average score was just above a pass. The authors said youngsters should further improve their internet skills in the future.

Children and teenagers have made a noticeable improvement in their analytic and assessment competence in relation to online information after they enter higher grades at schools.

More specifically, youths from the eastern regions and first-tier cities in China have excelled over their counterparts from other areas when it comes to personal internet literacy.

Girls performed better than boys in terms of their management of personal attention and information when the process of surfing the internet is taken into account.

However, boys were better than girls with regards to their search and utility of online information, the analysis and evaluation of online information, and their personal impression management connected with the internet.

The blue book also found a positive correlation between children's internet literacy and the number of network devices, parent-child intimacy, the frequency of parents talking with their children about the internet, as well as students' access to relevant courses and multimedia.

The report indicated that the average amount of time that college students spend on new media each day is about three and a half hours and that for surfing the internet is at least 30 minutes at a time.

Moreover, college students are inclined to be distracted from their academic studies by unconscious connectivity with the internet, they highly depend on digital media, underperform in their self-control competence in searching and the utility of online content, and score low in internet-related impression management.

Therefore, the blue book advises the youngsters to further enhance their self-management competence, formulate an action plan to realize the targets, have a clear understanding of their goals in surfing the internet, familiarize themselves with information featuring multimedia and cross-culture, and improve personal skills in making full use of online content as well as impression management.

In addition, equal efforts should be made to continually boost children and teenagers' self-development competence, show respect to their spirit of freedom and the eagerness to explore  truth, and implement relevant education to help youths become more savvy internet users.

(Source: China Women's News / Translated and edited by Women of China)


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