Global Kids Online

About our SID activities

Global Kids Online has now surveyed over 15,000 children and 12,000 of their carers since 2016, making it one of the most comprehensive surveys on children's internet use globally. The study aims to understand when and how the use of the internet contribute positively to children's lives – providing opportunities to benefit in diverse ways that contribute to their wellbeing, as well as when and how the use of the internet is problematic in children's lives – amplifying the risk of harm that undermines their wellbeing if they are unprotected.
Global Kids Online recently launched its new comparative report – Growing up in a Connected World – on internet use among nearly 15,000 internet-using children in 11 countries across Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Reports with individual country findings are also available at (on Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, the Philippines, South Africa, and Uruguay).
The project developed a global research toolkit that enables academics, governments, civil society and other actors to carry out reliable and standardised national research with children and their parents on the opportunities, risks and protective factors of children's internet use.
We also developed knowledge exchange and impact tools to guide and support researchers in planning effective research impact strategies and activities. These tools are the result of collaboration with country partners and experts over the past 18 months in a joint effort to identify pathways to impact that will help partners leverage research evidence for positive change.

What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

The Global Kids Online research model invites researchers and research users to adopt a child-centred approach which sees children as rights-holders and citizens, able to actively shape the online domain and able to exercise agency in the digital environment. We aim to explore children's ability to seek and offer support, create coping strategies and build resilience, and even act as agents in their families or communities by introducing online activities or helping their families and peers.
In our partner countries we have been working with numerous stakeholders responsible for children's rights in the digital environment (governments, civil society and the private sector). We are using the evidence to develop joint commitment and a common agenda around child rights in the digital age which can help to foster much needed longer-term social change.
You can find out more about the impact of our research and read the findings from an independent evaluation commissioned by Global Kids Online to understand the ways in which its research has been taken up and used in partner countries and internationally.

About us

Global Kids Online is an international research project that aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children's use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts.
Global Kids Online was developed as a collaborative initiative between the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the EU Kids Online network, supported by the WeProtect Global Alliance (2015-2016). The principal investigators are Professor Sonia Livingstone (LSE) and Daniel Kardefelt-Winther (Innocenti).
Starting with only four pilot countries in 2016 (Argentina, Philippines, Serbia, and South Africa), the Global Kids Online network now includes fifteen partners (including Albania, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Montenegro, New Zealand, Peru, and Uruguay) and it is still growing.
The Global Kids Online methodology has also been used as the basis for a new research project, Disrupting Harm, conducted by UNICEF, ECPAT International and INTERPOL to study how technology facilitates the sexual exploitation and abuse of children. This will result in more comparable evidence from another 12 countries towards the end of 2020.

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