Tools for researchers
A multi-method toolkit for investigating children’s online experiences around the world
New comparative findings: what have we learned?
31st July 2020
Technologies are not beneficial or harmful all by themselves. Much depends on how technologies are designed, deployed and promoted by businesses and the state, on how parents interact with children in relation to digital contents and services at home, and how schools embed technologies in their curricula to support learning and participation. A new report compares findings from the Global Kids Online survey in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Uruguay, pointing to the importance of media literacy, parental mediation, and state regulation for maximising children’s online benefits and minimising harm.
Children’s vulnerabilities and protective factors
17th July 2020
Drawing on Global Kids Online comparative findings and a recent review of the existing evidence, we reflect on the future research needed to understand the influences and pathways to influence in children’s well-being in a digital world. In this new report we explore key areas related to children’s internet use and identify opportunities for further research and analysis, discuss existing methodological challenges, and pinpoint the main measures used.
ITU launches new Child Online Protection guidelines
3rd July 2020
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has just launched its 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection (COP), updating its earlier guidance on how to develop a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people. Now that one in three internet users is a child, and especially now that many children have come to rely on the internet during COVID-19, this guidance is greatly needed.