The session will discuss how research on children’s internet use can contribute to global and national policies. Given that children comprise one third of all internet users globally, are we giving due consideration to their needs, rights and voices? Are we sufficiently concerned by disparity in access (based on gender, geography, socio-economic status) and the implications for the realisation of their rights and their wellbeing?
The Global Kids Online (GKO) research initiative led by UNICEF, London School of Economics and EU Kids Online provides an opportunity to collect robust, nationally comparable evidence on children’s internet use, opportunities and risks, taking into account the specificities of different national contexts. Initially piloted in 5 countries on 4 continents and with a rapidly expanding network of collaborators and partners across the world, GKO promotes national ownership and multi-stakeholder engagement the https://www.unicef-irc.org/research/pdf/439-Global_kids_online_flyer.pdf
Key issues to be discussed during the sessions will be: How do we continue to build a strong evidence base, including development of the key statistical indicators on children’s internet use in a rapidly changing digital environment? How do we use the currently available evidence to mainstream children’s issues into global and national policy and ensure that in the implementation of the SDGs no child is left behind? The session will conclude with some recommendations for the WSIS process beyond 2015 that take account of children’s rights to provision, participation and protection in a holistic and integrated manner.