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As part of a continuing programme of work on internet, mobile technologies and child rights, the Office of Research is currently developing a research agenda that will focus on law and middle income countries and generate comparable evidence to inform national and global internet related policy.

This research is building on the previous body of research that scoped and analyzed global knowledge of children's usage, risks and safety. It will consist of:
a) development of a toolkit for a modular survey (initially rolled out in four countries, but replicable elsewhere);
b) complementary analysis of the national policy frameworks, qualitative data gathering and analysis, and measurement of impact of interventions aimed at promoting digital citizenship and safety;
c) development of a knowledge sharing platform and a repository of tools, methodologies, resources and related support for advancing research and dialogue between the global North and the South.

As part of a continuing programme of work on internet, mobile technologies and child rights, the Office of Research is currently developing a research agenda that will focus on law and middle income countries and generate comparable evidence to inform national and global internet related policy.

This research is building on the previous body of research that scoped and analyzed global knowledge of children's usage, risks and safety. It will consist of:
a) development of a toolkit for a modular survey (initially rolled out in four countries, but replicable elsewhere);
b) complementary analysis of the national policy frameworks, qualitative data gathering and analysis, and measurement of impact of interventions aimed at promoting digital citizenship and safety;
c) development of a knowledge sharing platform and a repository of tools, methodologies, resources and related support for advancing research and dialogue between the global North and the South.

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Research is invaluable for contextualising online experiences in relation to children’s and families’ lives and the wider cultural or national circumstances. The Global Kids Online project aims to connect evidence with the ongoing international dialogue regarding policy and practical solutions for children’s well-being and rights in the digital age, especially in countries where the internet is only recently reaching the mass market.

This report explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) can contribute to efforts towards meeting child-focused development goals. It serves as a key contribution on which to build informed dialogue and decision making, developed jointly between research, policy and practice.

COORDINATOR(S)

Patrizia Faustini

CO-AUTHOR(S)

Dorothea Kleine; Sammia Poveda; David Hollow
The Internet, mobile phones and other electronic media provide children and young people with levels of access to information, culture, communication and entertainment impossible to imagine just 20 years ago. With many of their extraordinary benefits, however, come hazards. Globally, children and young people tend to become early users and prime innovators on the Internet, and are often far ahead of their parents and other adults in terms of use, skills and understanding. It is becoming increasingly important to both empower and to protect children in this environment.

The Internet, mobile phones and other electronic media provide children and young people with levels of access to information, culture, communication and entertainment impossible to imagine just 20 years ago. With many of their extraordinary benefits, however, come hazards. Globally, children and young people tend to become early users and prime innovators on the Internet, and are often far ahead of their parents and other adults in terms of use, skills and understanding. It is becoming increasingly important to both empower and to protect children in this environment.

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