UNICEF Chief calls for concerted action to protect child rights online
On Safer Internet Day 2019, UNICEF called for co-ordinated efforts to tackle and prevent violence against children online and protect their rights. As more young people come online, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore called for preventing 70.6% of youth (aged 15-24) from being cyberbullied. The results are from a recent UNICEF poll conducted among over one million youth across 160 countries. ‘Thirty years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the creation of the World Wide Web, it is time for governments, families, academia and the private sector to put children and young people at the centre of digital policies,’ Fore stated.