State of the World's Children Report - Children in a Digital World
UNICEF has launched its flagship publication, The State of the World's Children Report, which this year focuses on Children in a Digital World.
The State of the World's Children 2017 argues for faster action, focused investment and greater cooperation to harness the power and opportunities of digital technology to benefit the most disadvantaged and to protect children from the risks of a more connected world.
The report includes six priority actions:
- Provide all children with affordable access to high-quality online resources.
- Protect children from harm online – including abuse, exploitation, trafficking, cyberbullying and exposure to unsuitable materials.
- Safeguard children's privacy and identities online.
- Teach digital literacy to keep children informed, engaged and safe online.
- Leverage the power of the private sector to advance ethical standards and practices that protect and benefit children online.
- Put children at the centre of digital policy.
Access the full report on the UNICEF website.
UNICEF has launched a new campaign with a clear objective – to "#ENDviolence in schools" – and a strong message – "Don't let violence be an everyday lesson". The problem of violence at school is all the more important given that, according to the report, half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – have experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school.
UNICEF has just published a new discussion paper on Children and Digital Marketing: Rights, risks and responsibilities complementing the Children's Rights and Business in a Digital World series.
- BIK Team
International Missing Children's Day (IMCD) is marked annually on 25 May, honouring missing and abducted children across the globe, while also celebrating those who have been found. The day was first marked in the US in 1983 as National Missing Children's Day as an initiative of US president Ronald Reagan. It was first formally recognised as International Missing Children's Day in 2001, thanks to a joint effort by ICMEC (International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children), Missing Children Europe and the European Commission.
As part of their work with #WeProtect (a global alliance to end child sexual exploitation online), UNICEF has published a brief report which showcases young people's perceptions of the risks that children and adolescents face coming of age in the digital world.