Children use Web at younger age
More than half the children in China under 18 started to use the Internet before they reached age 8, two years younger than was the case in 2010, according to a report released on Nov 26.
A fourth of the 10,000 students surveyed learned to use the Internet even before they were 5.
Of the 10 provinces and municipalities studied, Beijing had the highest proportion of children who have used the Internet — 96 percent.
The lowest rate was in Sichuan province, where only 78 percent of the kids said they had used the Internet.
According to the report by the Chinese Youth Pioneers Business Development Center, playing games and entertainment are the top two reasons children use the Internet. Only 2 percent go on the Web to learn about social issues and get news.