Li Shuyi and her teammates from Xi’an Tieyi High School discuss how to improve their proposal. PROVIDED TO TEENS
Every year, NPC deputies and CPPCC members, who represent the voices and interests of different regions and groups, come to Beijing to attend the two sessions. The meetings provide the most important platforms to discuss issues related to our daily lives. Chinese teenagers also have the chance to make their voices heard.
Zhao Jingchuan, 17, from Xi’an Gaoxin No 1 High School, and his five team members were concerned about the difficulties seniors have when using smart devices. They drafted a proposal, and it was brought to the two sessions by Liu Sanyang, a professor from Xidian University, Shaanxi, and a CPPCC member.
“Many of us live together with our grandparents. They often have trouble using smartphones. For example, they get confused when there’s a need to use mobile payment,” Zhao said.
They decided to make the proposal after they noticed the trouble seniors had during the quarantine. The outbreak of COVID-19 has increased our reliance on the internet.“But many seniors don’t have smartphones. They have to print their health codes because they’re needed for traveling,” Zhao said.
Based on the students’ study, they proposed a series of practical ways to help seniors enjoy the smart life, including sending manuals on how to use certain functions on the phones, offering technological support and cybersecurity education.
Before making the proposal, Zhao thought politics wasn’t relevant to students. “But through the proposal, I realized our responsibility as social members and want to contribute more ideas.”
Zhao and his teammates were not the only ones who raised concerns related to mobile phones.
Li Shuyi, 16, from Xi’an Tieyi High School, turned her attention to a problem troubling some of her classmates. “One of my classmates was really obsessed with online games. He even took a half year off from school because of it,” she said.
Li began to research this issue in more detail. She found that there’s not enough focus on efforts to protect students from becoming obsessed with online games.
Li’s teacher Wu Xibin said that by writing proposals, students can learn more about politics. “By investigating the issue they raised, they can fully engage in politics,”he said.