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Disrupting harm

Disrupting harm

The Disrupting Harm project was established to generate high-quality evidence on technology-facilitated sexual exploitation and abuse of children. It is a 14-country research project conducted in partnership with ECPAT International and INTERPOL, funded by the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. Together, we will develop a new research methodology to study  when and how digital technology might facilitate sexual abuse and exploitation of children, both online and offline. The purpose is to identify priority areas for interventions by governments and other organizations working to protect children from these crimes.

The project will assess the nature of this problem in 14 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia, using multiple data sources to triangulate evidence. UNICEF Office of Research - -Innocenti will conduct nationally representative household surveys to collect data from 1,000 children and 1,000 caretakers per country. We hope that by speaking to children directly, we can better understand their experiences of online violence within the larger context of their general internet use.

Publications

A Global Agenda for Children's Rights in the Digital Age: Recommendations for developing UNICEF's research strategy
Publication Publication

A Global Agenda for Children's Rights in the Digital Age: Recommendations for developing UNICEF's research strategy

For some years, UNICEF has been researching children’s online risk and safety, promoting digital citizenship, and conducting both programmes for awareness-raising among children and for communication for development through the use of ICT. A revised version of this report was published in the Journal of Children and Media