Children at risk as internet exposure rises

Students using tablets during a lesson at a classroom in the Ban San Kong school of Mae Chan, a town located in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Rai. PHOTO | CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Digital technology has changed childhood, but it is the privacy and social risks that worry experts.
  • Children and young people today are digital natives, increasingly using online platforms to do their homework, connect with their peers, express their opinions.
  • Youth are the most connected age group with a 71 per cent online presence compared with 48 per cent of the total population.
  • Some 56 per cent of websites are in English and many children cannot find content that they understand or is culturally relevant to them.

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies as more children get exposed to the internet.

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