Chinese Teen Digital Entertainment

Rethinking Censorship and Commercialisation in Short Video and Online Fiction

Authored by: Xiang Ren

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
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While digital entertainment like short video and online fiction provides Chinese teenagers with opportunities to freely create and access digital content, as well as interacting with social networks to express their identities, feelings, voices, and concerns, teenagers are also exposed to harmful and unsuitable content and various threats. Using two case studies, this chapter examines problems in teenagers’ online cultural engagement and civic participation, and the practices of regulating digital entertainment for children’s online safety, privacy, and rights in China. It further discusses the reasons why China’s internet censorship fails to effectively protect children from risks in digital entertainment.

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