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More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, says UNICEF

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eMediNexus    12 February 2018

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, a new child every half second, according to a  UNICEF report “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world”. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information, the children’s agency warned. “Every day, thousands of children are going online for the first time, which opens them up to a flood of dangers we are just coming to appreciate, let alone address,” said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF Director of Data, Research and Policy. “While governments and the private sector have made some progress in formulating policies and approaches to eliminate the most egregious online risks, more effort must be made to fully understand and protect children’s online lives.” (UNICEF, February 6, 2018)

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