How many children and young people have internet access at home?

Estimating digital connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic

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UNICEF Afghanistan/2019

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1. Globally, 2.2 billion children and young people aged 25 years or less – two-thirds of children and young people worldwide – do not have an internet connection at home.


2. More than two-thirds of school-age girls and boys aged approximately 3 to 17 years (1.3 billion children) and 63 per cent of youths aged 15 to 24 years (almost 760 million youths) lack internet access at home.


3. 768 million children and young people aged 25 years or less who lack internet access live in South Asia. In the regions of East Asia and Pacific, West and Central Africa and Eastern and Southern Africa more than 300 million children and young people per region lack home internet access, totaling more than 900 million without access.


4. There is marked inequality in internet connectivity across the world’s regions. Only 5 per cent of children and young people aged 25 years or less in West and Central Africa, and just 13 per cent in South Asia and in Eastern and Southern Africa, have internet access at home, compared to 59 per cent in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.


5. Differences in access to the internet are even starker between rich and poor countries. Among children and young people aged 25 years or less only 6 per cent in low-income countries have internet access at home, compared to 87 per cent in high-income countries.


6. A large difference is also seen globally in levels of home internet access between children and young people who live in rural areas (25 per cent) and their urban peers (41 per cent).

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