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UNICEF and European Commission release reports on children

Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report. The agency says that the report, The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World’, presents its first comprehensive look at the ways digital technology is affecting children’s lives and life chances, identifying dangers as well as opportunities. It argues that governments and the private sector have not kept up with the pace of change, exposing children to new risks and harms and leaving millions of the most disadvantaged children behind. The report explores the benefits digital technology can offer the most disadvantaged children, including those growing up in poverty or affected by humanitarian emergencies. These include increasing their access to information, building skills for the digital workplace, and giving them a platform to connect and communicate their views. But the report shows that millions of children are missing out. Around one third of the world’s youth – 346 million – are not online, exacerbating inequities and reducing children’s ability to participate in an increasingly digital economy. Also released is a report by the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids (BIK) initiative, aimed at creating a better internet for Europe’s children and youth. The BIK initiative is now in its second cycle under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument. The report provides an insight into some of the achievements and areas of focus during the first year of the second phase. See https://www.unicef.org/media/media_102303.html and https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/bikannualreport2016-17

  • Monday, 18 December 2017

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