China Youth Daily released the results of the survey jointly conducted by the newspaper and sohu.com. The survey showed that the majority of people think the authorities should implement an internet content rating system, with 95% of them believing the internet has adverse impacts on children.
As many as 72% of the 1,718 people polled support internet content ratings, while 11% oppose the idea. Only 0.9% of people think the internet has no adverse impact on children.
China has the world’s largest online population, with 338 million people as of last June, and 33% are under 20 years old, according to the official China Internet Network Information Center.
China Daily reports that as many as 44% of people surveyed are concerned internet ratings will restrict freedom of speech, with 59% hoping that authorities can ensure children be kept far from undesirable online content.