How many children lack access to the Internet?
In a recent report by UNICEF, 346 million youth are not connected to the Internet
This is unprecedented in comparison to other continents like Europe where 96% of youth have access to a computer
Why is access to technology so important?
Disconnected from the digital world, disadvantaged children are not gaining the same opportunities to learn, communicate, and utilize the 21st century skills they need to thrive
The lack of adequate computer access deepens the inequity between generations
What are the impacts of gaining access to computers/Internet?
For disadvantaged children, digital technology would offer new opportunities to receive a quality education
Technology opens up new avenues of innovation and learning which allows these children to escape cycles of poverty
2. Gender Gap
In certain countries, approximately 12% more men have access to the Internet than women
Giving computer access to children no matter what their race or gender reduces the gender gap in terms of technology exposure
What is a Digital Citizen?
A digital citizen is anyone who has the skills to comfortably interact with digital technology like the Internet
Why is being a good Digital Citizen important?
Interacting with one another through the Internet is useful, but can come at a cost if not done correctly
Online cyberbullying, phishing, and sexual harassment have all become more prevalent throughout the Internet in recent years
Educating youth on how to responsibly react to these types of issues is the only way to maintain safety on the Internet
What does being a good Digital Citizen entail?
One must have a responsible attitude
One must behave properly and safely online
One must learn to balance screen time
One must understand issues surrounding privacy and data protection
What are the benefits of being a good Digital Citizen?
Improvement in overall well-being
Cyber threat prevention
Positive Internet use
Higher academic performance and opportunities