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The internet and mobile technology have created an unprecedented opportunity for the fulfillment of some crucial rights that children and young people have – the right to information and the right to have their voices heard on important matters.

And while mobile phones are able to do more and more, they are also getting cheaper and cheaper, which means that children who have previously been unable to access resources like encyclopedias, textbooks and even counseling, can now do it via their mobile phones.

Yet these technologies have also made young people more vulnerable to being cyber-bullied or exploited by others, or exposed to negative content.

Parents and teachers are sometimes unfamiliar with the websites and social networks their children use or feel overwhelmed. Children and young people don’t always know who to turn to when they are being harassed or bullied online.

UNICEF recognizes both the potential and the challenges that mobile technology, the internet and social networks bring with them. To maximize the good, and minimize the bad we have a few tips we’d like to share….

Cyberbullying
The internet has made it easy for bullies to spread rumors and harass people, because they can keep their identities hidden. If you are receiving hurtful texts from someone, or if they are trying to embarrass you by posting lies online, you’re not alone.

Sexually explicit material
Photos and videos can spread like wildfire through mobile or social networks, so be careful what you share, even with people you trust.

Getting your message out there
Are there issues in your community that you think need urgent attention? Do you want to tell people about an important cause but pamphlets aren’t working?

 

 

 

 

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This paper is part of a series examining the role of social networks in the lives of youth living in developing nations. It focuses on South Africa and presents the results of a quantitative survey conducted on MXit. Download the report.


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