The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified in 1989, before the rise of the Internet. Children’s rights haven’t changed in the Internet age, but the context in which they’re expressed has. For example, digital media gives children greater opportunities to learn, socialize and play. But children also face increased risks, including from cyber bullying and potential abuse.
To tackle the risks children face online, the Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia) has partnered with UNICEF to produce materials for children about how to stay safe online. These include a booklet for schools, developed and translated into seven languages, and videos made by young people. These aim to give children the skills to use the Internet positively and safely. The materials are distributed online, in schools and through children’s networks.
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