Growing up in a connected world

Internet use can increase children's learning and skills

How can we best advance children’s rights in the digital age? This report argues that the starting point must be children themselves – asking about the barriers they face in accessing the internet, the opportunities they are discovering online and the digital skills they are acquiring. Produced in 2019 by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Growing up in a Connected World compares data on internet use among nearly 15,000 children in 11 countries. It concludes that blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities. Instead, done right, internet use can increase learning and skills.

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