Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and Its Implications for Protecting Children Online

A technical note from UNICEF and partners

A seven-year-old girl in Côte d'Ivoire studies at home on a tablet device in 2020.
UNICEF/UNI317552/Frank Dejongh


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has prompted widespread school closures and physical distancing measures, making online platforms and communities essential to maintain a sense of normalcy. Now more than ever, children and their families are turning to digital solutions to support children’s learning, socialization and play.

While digital solutions provide significant opportunities for sustaining and promoting children’s rights, these same tools may also increase children’s exposure to online risks. This technical note from UNICEF and partners sets out some of the key priorities and recommendations on how to mitigate those risks and promote positive online experiences for children.

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