Beijing: China has
launched a first-of-its-kind internet cafe exclusively for teenagers
with internet filtering software.
The cafe in Beijing promises a maximum online time of two hours so
that teenagers’ productive time is not wasted, the People’s Daily
The internet cafe claims to be a “learning fairyland” and has set up
computers in pairs so that “young people can exchange learning
The cafe, however, has sparked off a public debate with many
netizens saying it would provide opportunities to youth to try out
Though some said they are thinking about sending their children to
such a place, others are worried that teenagers with poor judgement
will log on to improper sites if no controls are exercised.
The internet bar for kids is “well-intentioned” but strong
supervision is needed, Chen Zhanjiang, a sociology professor at
Xiangtan University in Hunan Province, was quoted as saying.