“The State of the World’s Children 2017 – Children in a Digital World” report explores how digital technologies are redefining youth worldwide
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a new report exploring the changes that digital technologies have brought to childhood during the last few years. Based on a series of polls and adolescent workshops, “The State of the World’s Children 2017, Children in a Digital World” presents some of the main opportunities offered to children by technology, areas of potential improvement and the characteristics that define digital childhoods. Finally, it groups the main future priorities for governments and organizations to improve the standards of living of youth through technology.
The report is based on the premise that digital technologies have already changed the world and redefined the concept of childhood. In this context, it highlights the relevance of providing youth with connectivity and equal access to digital skills training in order to help them break intergenerational cycles of poverty. This argument rests upon the fact that there are still 346 million youth that are not connected to the internet, and that 3 out of 5 children in Africa are offline while only 1 in 25 in Europe.
However, the report also expresses concerns about the need to improve online privacy and security practices to decrease the risk of harm, while focusing on best practices to enhance children’s health and happiness.
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