In a report released on Monday, UNICEF solely called for children to be put at the centre of digital policy, to expand young people’s access to the internet.
UNICEF noted that young people between the ages 15 to 24 are most connected age group globally, with 71 per cent online compared to 48 per cent of the total population.
UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake stated in a statement.
“The internet was designed for adults, but it is increasingly used by children and young people, and digital technology increasingly affects their lives and futures,”
Although the body in its report calls for the expansion of access to online resources worldwide to tackle digital inequality but then noted through Lake that the digital world opens children up to new threats, including cyber-bullying and new forms of child abuse, and safeguards must be ramped up in line with new technologies.
Lake said children are easily attacked online through anonymous users on social media, game forums.
UNICEF warned that new technologies like cryptocurrencies and the dark web facilitate the sharing of harmful content, such as “made-to-order” or live-streamed child sexual abuse material.