Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February to promote children’s safe and beneficial use of digital technologies. This year the celebrations are dedicated to the theme “All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online” acknowledging how young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of online. Here is a quick overview of some relevant Global Kids Online resources on children’s internet safety.

Happy Safer Internet Day 2022! Here is what we are talking about today:

Our highlights on children’s internet safety

  • Do internet addiction and gaming disorders exist?: Daniel Kardefelt-Winther explains how the “internet addiction” label is unhelpful, and how best to support children in developing a healthy relationship to online games.
  • Pathways from offline to online risk: we report on the factors that can intensify online risk or protect children from it. Our review of the evidence shows that children who are vulnerable offline are also more likely to be vulnerable online.
  • Disrupting harm: online sexual exploitation and abuse: Global Kids Online methodology was used to conduct new research in 13 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa and Southeast Asia to better understand how digital technology facilitates the sexual exploitation and abuse of children. The first country reports show that 10% of children surveyed in Uganda and 7% in Kenya were offered money or gifts in return for sexual images or videos.
  • Children globally rely on the internet during Covid19: in a digital world, internet access is a vital gateway for both the realisation and violation of children’s rights.
  • Done right, internet use can increase learning and skills: blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities.
  • The 4Cs of online risk: GKO members Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova suggest in a recent report that there are four types of online risks for children – content, conduct, contact and contract risks. You can find the new classification here, in collaboration with CO:RE.
  • A recent report by Netsafe and Global Kids Online New Zealand revealed as children get older, parents were less likely to talk to them about what they do online. New findings with results from Canada and India will be published on our website soon. You can find the most recent findings here.

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Post author: Mariya Stoilova

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