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Jasmina Byrne

Child Protection Specialist

Jasmina Byrne, Child Protection Specialist, leads UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti’s work on children’s rights in the digital age as well as research on family and parenting support. She has overseen and co-authored several UNICEF studies including family support policies and provision in a global context, child safety online, internet governance and children’s rights. Currently she is one of the leads of the Global Kids Online research initiative. Prior to joining Innocenti, Jasmina was head of UNICEF Child Protection programme in Indonesia. She has 20 years of international experience in managing complex child rights and protection programmes, including research, policy development, programme design and evaluation in South East Asia, Europe and Southern Africa with UNICEF, Save the Children, International Committee of the Red Cross and UN Women. Jasmina’s academic background is in international relations, human rights and social policy.
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The international community has recognized the importance of internet access for development, economic growth and the realization of civil rights and is actively seeking ways to ensure universal internet access to all segments of society. Children should be an important part of this process, not only because they represent a substantial percentage of internet users but also because they play an important part in shaping the internet.


Jasmina Byrne; Daniel Kardefelt Winther; Sonia Livingstone; Mariya Stoilova
This paper argues that Internet governance bodies give little consideration to children’s rights, despite growing calls from international child rights organizations to address their rights in the digital age. Children have specific needs and rights and these are not met by current governance regimes for the Internet. As Internet use rises in developing countries, international Internet governance organizations face a key challenge in shaping the emerging models of best practice.


Sonia Livingstone; Jasmina Byrne; John Carr


Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: a global perspective (11 Dec 2017)

Children everywhere are gaining access to the internet – most often via a mobile phone. In many places, too, parents are feeling chall ...

Why we need more research on children’s use of the Internet (13 Aug 2015)

It is becoming difficult to imagine a day in a teenagers’ life – in all parts of the globe – without internet access: to s ...


Adolescent wellbeing

A four year programme on social and structural determinants of adolescent wellbeing in low and middle income countries.

Family and parenting support

Gathering evidence to improve family and parenting support programmes and policies in the global context.