Zhou Shihao, 17, of Shanghai Yichuan High School, was shocked by the statistics he had found. When he was looking into the use of handheld cellphones by drivers, he found that more than 30 percent of them reach for their phones on the road.
"No use of handheld devices should be allowed while driving," said Zhou. "It's not a trifle, but a serious social issue."
The teenager's concerns led to his drafting a proposal on this issue, something he did together with five other schoolmates in the Mock (CPPCC) competition in the Putuo District of Shanghai.
Zhou and his schoolmates were not alone. In January, many Shanghai youngsters, even elementary school students, took part in Mock CPPCC competitions held in their local districts and handed in proposals on issues ranging from cyber security and the future city to the protection of traditional culture.
"The competition aims to encourage a sense of citizenship among China's post-00s generation," said Xia Jing, a teacher from Shanghai Jinyuan Senior High School. "Through this channel, students can let their voices be heard."