The Ten Healthy Websites Contest 2002 was successfully concluded and a ceremony was held at Cyberport today (March 1) to honour the ten winning websites, which provided resourceful and educational information for the younger generation.
The ten winning websites are:
These websites, with colourful and creative decorations, provided resourceful information on a wide variety of themes ranging from news, entertainment, education, to environment protection, travel, etc. Their designs are user-friendly and the contents are updated regularly.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology (Information Technology and Broadcasting), Mr Francis Ho, said that the objectives of the contest were to encourage young people and children to visit websites with healthy information and make proper use of the Internet, and to motivate Internet content providers to create more healthy websites for young people.
"The Government is determined to ensure that youngsters and children would not be affected by unhealthy information in the Internet. We will work closely with the industry to prevent the transmission and storage of unhealthy or obscene information in the Internet world.
"The Contest illustrates the importance of self-regulation by the Internet industry. I hope that all web masters will strive to provide more resourceful, interesting and healthy web contents so as to create a safe and sound Internet environmental for our youngsters and children," Mr Ho said.
Mr Ho also pointed out that the Government would cooperate with the Hong Kong Internet Service Providers Association to launch an Internet Content Rating System. Under the scheme, Internet content providers are encouraged to label their website content in accordance with a set of standard criteria. Parents could make use of a filtering software which was able to identify the labels to select suitable websites for their children.
The Ten Healthy Websites Contest 2002 was jointly organised by Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority, Education and Manpower Bureau, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, and supported by Radio and Television Hong Kong.
The contest was well received by members of the public with 140 websites nominated by some 8000 people casting more than 46 000 votes in total.
End/Saturday, March 1, 2003