The Representative of UNICEF in Equatorial Guinea, Antero Pina, presided over the afternoon of Monday, December 12, at the headquarters of the United Nations Agencies in Malabo II, the act of the launch of the Report on the State of the World’s Children with the theme Children in a digital world.
After the presentation of the report, in an act that was attended by representatives of telephone companies and the head of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, journalists from the national media invited to the event have asked questions about protection policies for childhood in social networks.
The report, presented by the UNICEF Representative, explores current debates about the impact of the Internet and social networks on the safety and well-being of children.
Although children are very present on the Internet -1 out of every 3 users around the world is a child-, there are very few measures taken to protect them from the dangers of the digital world and to increase their access to secure content online, as revealed by the head of the institution.
The State of the World’s Children 2017, Children in a Digital World, for the first time comprehensively analyzes the different ways in which digital technology is affecting the lives and vital possibilities of childhood, and describes the dangers and opportunities. He argues that governments and the private sector have not adapted to the pace of change, and this exposes children to new risks and dangers, while leaving behind millions of the most disadvantaged.
– ” For better or for worse, digital technology is an irreversible fact in our lives. In a digital world, our double challenge is to know how to mitigate the damage and maximize the benefits of the Internet for each child, “said Pina.
The report also explores the advantages that digital technology can offer to the most disadvantaged children. These benefits include increasing your access to information, developing useful skills in an increasingly digital workplace, and providing a platform to connect and communicate your points of view.
But the report also shows that millions of children are not taking advantage of connectivity. About a third of the world’s young people, 346 million, are not connected, which exacerbates inequalities, and reduces the ability of children to participate in an increasingly digital economy.
The same report points out how the Internet increases the vulnerability of children to risks and dangers, including the improper use of their private information, access to harmful content and cyberbullying.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea