How Internet Use Impacts Children´s Well-being - Findings from Middle-income Countries
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) rapidly penetrate all regions of the world. Global concern is coalescing around the need to understand how to reduce the risk of harm children face online while maximizing their opportunities for learning, participation and creativity. However, there is still insufficient robust evidence from most middle and lower income countries on how internet use impacts children’s well-being and what risks and opportunities they encounter online.
The Global Kids Online network was created in order to develop a research toolkit and central coordination of resources and expertise to support national partners in generating and sustaining a rigorous evidence base. The project is conducted in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science, the EU Kids Online network and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Center, as well as in collaboration with a number of researchers and experts from different parts of the world.
As of 2017, UNICEF country offices and academic partners have collected data from nearly 10,000 children and 5,000 parents across four continents, supported by Global Kids Online methodology. Additional national projects are planned for 2018. The latest findings on children’s online access, risks and opportunities from around the world are now published.