The Global Kids Online project and network was established in 2015 to support evidence generation on children’s online experiences at the national level. Recognizing the lack of high-quality evidence in this field, particularly in the Global South, the Global Kids Online project provides a toolkit of standardized methodologies that enable researchers to gather robust data on children’s digital experiences. The project is conducted in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science and the EU Kids Online network, as well as many researchers and experts from different parts of the world.
The data gathered by the Global Kids Online network allows us to compare our findings cross-nationally and understand the differences and similarities in children’s internet use across a range of country and regional contexts. As of 2019, UNICEF country offices and academic partners have collected data from nearly 25,000 children and 12,000 parents in 18 countries across four continents, using the Global Kids Online methodology. The network continues to grow each year and additional national projects are ongoing in 2020.
The Global Kids Online research toolkit is freely available on the Global Kids Online website.