In 2012 UNICEF Digital Citizenship and Safety teamed up with Junior Reporters Clubs all over the country of Viet Nam. This is an example of how youths like you can help us in collection of data and become UNICEF Digital Citizens! Join the team and become advocate of change in your society today.
You can all become Digital Citizens and make a change. Advocate and raise awareness about issues in your society today. We can all voice our opinions and push for changes that make our society better.
Bullies and mean kids have been around forever, but technology has given them a whole new platform for their actions. Continuation of the offline insults on mobiles, sns, and online public spaces amplifies the insults and can have serious emotional consequences. So how do you deal with cyberbullying?
Sure open net is great but what about when someone can just steal your identity and share it with the world? Who is the net police? Did you know you have the right to privacy from any and all young people and adults? You might be sharing information without you even realizing...such as your photos on social networks and blogs or receiving texts from strangers and bots. It is important to know these rights and practice safe use of the net without giving away private information on your mobile or the internet.
Internet creates opportutnities to interact on a platform and raise your voice on issues improtant to you and your society. Many countries today are imposing state controlled information creation and flow. Many go as far as to outlaw private media and voicing your opinions on blogging and social network platforms.
UNICEF Digital Citizenship and Safety (DCS) team and partners are in discussion whether such central filtering programmes imposed by the state, are just and if it constitutes censorship.
One common recommendation is whether a state-imposed filter is unnecessary, as parents could otherwise have the option of installing filtering software onto computers if they wished to keep their children off certain websites. However, the DCS team argues that this approach is not enought and that the only way to ensure safe Internet use is not blatant censorship but a hollistic approach through digital literacy education, such that users become aware of the threats of personal information theft, spam, meeting strangers, etc. and at same time have the access to information and opportunties online.
So what do you think? Is education and open net really the right answer or government needs to be our guardians on the net?
The UNICEF Convention on the Rights of Child ensures for children's freedom of expression and the ability to "seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds".
Did you know that you have rights online? You have the right to access information online and express yourself freely, but many people don't. So who do you think should be in charge of monitoring the net? Watch and share this video about expressing yourself online!