27 June 2023

Harnessing the power of new technologies to improve our educational practices

These documents were prepared by the EdTech Hub for UNICEF LACRO, with the purpose of explore the possibilities of digital technologies to enhance our educative practices. The first one Understanding the Potential of Using EdTech to Measure and Mitigate Learning Losses in Latin America and the Caribbean aims to support UNICEF country offices and partners in the LAC region to use the potential of digital technologies to assess learning losses and inform the recovery of learning losses. The research found that there are limited EdTech approaches to measuring and mitigating learning losses, and fewer still that are specific to the LAC region. However, the document expand key information on what is understood about learning losses and how they can be quantified, what common guidance and evidence suggest are the most effective ways to mitigate Covid-19-specific learning losses with the support of new technoliges; and how established EdTech tools and non-tech-based approaches can be leveraged and applied to both processes. The second one Mapping and Analysing Digital Learning Platforms in Latin America and the Caribbean presents a curated list of digital learning platforms in the region and an analysis of a shortlisted series of platforms intending to explore their potential for at-scale implementation and impact. The report does not aim to cover every leading and innovative digital learning platform in the LAC region. Rather, it presents a list of promising platforms and discusses their design and implementation to explore their relevance and potential for at-scale impact.
09 February 2021

Cyberbullying: What is it and how to stop it

“What would you like to know about cyberbullying?” We posed this question to young people and received thousands of responses from around the world.  We brought together UNICEF specialists, international cyberbullying and child protection experts, and teamed up with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to answer the questions and give their advice on…, 1. Am I being bullied online? How do you tell the difference between a joke and bullying?, UNICEF:  All friends joke around with each other, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone is just having fun or trying to hurt you, especially online. Sometimes they’ll laugh it off with a “just kidding,” or “don’t take it so seriously.”  But if you feel hurt or think others are laughing at you instead of with you, then the joke has gone too…, 2. What are the effects of cyberbullying?, UNICEF: When bullying happens online it can feel as if you’re being attacked everywhere, even inside your own home. It can seem like there’s no escape. The effects can last a long time and affect a person in many ways: Mentally — feeling upset, embarrassed, stupid, even angry  Emotionally — feeling ashamed or losing interest in the things you love…, 3. Who should I talk to if someone is bullying me online? Why is reporting important?, UNICEF:  If you think you’re being bullied, the first step is to seek help from someone you trust such as your parents, a close family member or another trusted adult. In your school you can reach out to a counsellor, the sports coach or your favourite teacher. And if you are not comfortable talking to someone you know,  search for a helpline in…, 4. I’m experiencing cyberbullying, but I’m afraid to talk to my parents about it. How can I approach them?, UNICEF:  If you are experiencing cyberbullying, speaking to a trusted adult – someone you feel safe talking to – is one of the most important first steps you can take. Talking to parents isn’t easy for everyone. But there are things you can do to help the conversation. Choose a time to talk when you know you have their full attention. Explain how…, 5. How can I help my friends report a case of cyberbullying especially if they don’t want to do it?, UNICEF:  Anyone can become a victim of cyberbullying. If you see this happening to someone you know, try to offer support. It is important to listen to your friend. Why don’t they want to report being cyberbullied? How are they feeling? Let them know that they don’t have to formally report anything, but it’s crucial to talk to someone who might be…, 6. How do we stop cyberbullying without giving up access to the Internet?, UNICEF:  Being online has so many benefits. However, like many things in life, it comes with risks that you need to protect against. If you experience cyberbullying, you may want to delete certain apps or stay offline for a while to give yourself time to recover. But getting off the Internet is not a long-term solution. You did nothing wrong, so…, 7. How do I prevent my personal information from being used to manipulate or humiliate me on social media?, UNICEF:  Think twice before posting or sharing anything online – it may stay online forever and could be used to harm you later. Don’t give out personal details such as your address, telephone number or the name of your school. Learn about the privacy settings of your favourite social media apps. Here are some actions you can take on many of them…, 8. Is there a punishment for cyberbullying?, UNICEF:  Most schools take bullying seriously and will take action against it. If you are being cyberbullied by other students, report it to your school. People who are victims of any form of violence, including bullying and cyberbullying, have a right to justice and to have the offender held accountable. Laws against bullying, particularly on…,  Internet companies don’t seem to care about online bullying and harassment. Are they being held responsible?, UNICEF:  Internet companies are increasingly paying attention to the issue of online bullying. Many of them are introducing ways to address it and  better protect their users  with  new tools, guidance and ways to report  online abuse. But it is true that even more is needed. Many young people experience cyberbullying every day. Some face extreme…, 10. Are there any online anti-bullying tools for children or young people?, UNICEF:  Each social platform offers different tools (see available ones below) that allow you to restrict who can comment on or view your posts or who can connect automatically as a friend, and to report cases of bullying. Many of them involve simple steps to block, mute or report cyberbullying. We encourage you to explore them. Social media…, To anyone who has ever been bullied online: You are not alone, TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D'Amelio open up about their personal experience of being bullied and share tips on how to make the internet a better place., Reporting abuse and safety resources, Facebook Instagram Snapchat TikTok Tumblr Twitter WeChat WhatsApp YouTube