Children in a Digital World – UNICEF Report 2017
As a Social Media Specialist, I’m very aware of the ever-changing and incredible potential of social media and digital connectivity. While I find social media full of exciting opportunities, as a father, I have to be wary. I am always careful about the types of photos I post online, whether they’re public-facing or meant to be for just for family, and I only ever geo-tag the city, never the address.
My daughter is growing up fast and I know that by the time she’s in school, coding, virtual reality and crypto-currencies may be part of the curriculum (or at least should be). Social media lets us stay connected to events happening before the TV networks filter it down. We have access to unlimited educational resources and can connect to friends across the globe or see long-distance family every Sunday on Skype.
However, on the flip-side, there are very real dangers when it comes to being connected. Part of their education needs to be understanding how much or how little we should share online.
From UNICEF’s 2017 report, released on December 10th:
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