Chil­dren use Web at younger age

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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