China to strengthen protection of minors in cyberspace

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China to strengthen protection of minors in cyberspace - Xinhua |

China's top legislature on Monday started reviewing a draft revision to the Law on the Protection of Minors, which highlights new stipulations on cyberspace protection.

The draft revision is among bills submitted Monday to the bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress for review.

The stipulations cover issues such as the management of cyberspace, the protection of personal information and anti-addiction measures in a bid to give well-rounded protection to minors both online and offline.

For instance, the provisions stipulate that venues that provide internet service for minors such as schools and libraries should install protection software concerning minors' online activities on their systems.

Moreover, the provisions stress the management of minors' time spent on online games and ask online game suppliers to categorize their products, set reminders and take technical measures to keep minors away from games that are not suitable for them.

A chapter on the government's protection was also added to the draft, stipulating that governments at all levels should set up coordination mechanisms on the protection of minors, specifying the duties of the government and relevant departments, and detailing the country's guardianship system.

Other stipulations were added or adjusted for enhancing the judicial protection of minors at home, in school and in society. 

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