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Digital Dialogue: Towards turning children into digital citizens

  • Zoom (Digital Dialogue)
  •  1st June 2023
     4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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The internet that was designed for adults. However, children and juveniles are using it on a daily basis and in great numbers. Hence, the protection and welfare of children in the digital space is since long a reoccurring topic in public debate. Governments have enacted regulations on how online services should treat children’s data, prohibit nudge techniques, as well as detect and report abuse. Parents, teachers, and schools are being sensitized and trained to assist children to navigate their online lives.

There is consensus that “best interest” should govern the systems that give access to child users. This exceptionalism oblige businesses to operate along rules that protect vulnerable users. But what can be done beyond risk aversion, so as to offer opportunities to children in the emerging digital spaces that lead to empowerment and turn children and young people into digital citizens?

The recent Covid19 pandemic underlined the necessity to provide children with access to information and learning. Digital literacy and online safety programming has to be part of every child’s curriculum.


The Panel

  • Maria Berenguer SOS Children’s Villages International, Team Leader Youth&ICT4D
  • Ryan De Souza, ChildFund Alliance, Advocacy and Policy Advisor
  • Elvis Fokala, University of Pretoria, Manager: Children Rights Unit