When done right, internet use among children can increase learning opportunities and build digital skills

   Global Kids Online research suggests that parents should engage positively with their children’s digital world. – Professor Sonia Livingstone

Blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities, according to a new report, launched today at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

Produced by the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and based on research by Global Kids Online, Growing up in a Connected World compares data on internet use among nearly 15,000 internet-using children in 11 countries across Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. It finds that the activities children engage in online – even those typically seen as entertainment – are crucial for building digital skills.

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