China makes revisions to laws for protection of minors online
SHANGHAI (CHINA) – China has made revisions to laws to strengthen the protection of under-18s online, state news agency Xinhua reported late on Saturday. This would force internet product and service providers to take necessary action.
The revised laws, voted for adoption by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Saturday would be effective from June 1 next year. Xinhua reported that it stated that internet product and service providers “shall not offer minors products and services that induce addiction.”
Providers of online services would include gaming, livestreaming, audio and video. The news agency said social media must set up “corresponding functions” such as time and consumption limits for minors.
Necessary measures must be taken by service providers to stop cyberbullying. Parents or guardians of minors who are cyberbullied can rightfully inform service providers to delete, block or disconnect links.
As per the revised laws, kindergartens and schools will be prompted to report harassment and sexual assault of minors to public security and education authorities.