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Global Kids Online: Children′s rights in the digital age


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. The project team works to connect the new evidence with the ongoing international dialogue regarding policy and practical solutions for children’s well-being and rights in the digital age, especially in the global South.

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. With principal investigators Professor Sonia Livingstone (LSE) and Jasmina Byrne (UNICEF Office of Research), the project received funding from the WeProtect Global Alliance (2015-2016).

Research toolkit

The Global Kids Online research toolkit has been developed with country partners, experts, and international advisors. It is intended for researchers worldwide, including both experienced and junior researchers, as well as those who contract and manage research, such as international agencies and non-government organisations. www.globalkidsonline.net/tools

Anyone may use the resources under the Attributive Non-Commercial Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC) crediting Global Kids Online as the source.

The global research toolkit consists of the following elements designed for children and parents/carers:

(1)  Qualitative toolkit: comprises tools to help you design, carry out, and analyse qualitative research on children’s online risks and opportunities: www.globalkidsonline.net/qualitative

(2)  Quantitative toolkit: comprises tools to help you design, carry out, and analyse quantitative survey research: www.globalkidsonline.net/survey

(3)  Method guides: eleven guides which examine key methodological issues: www.globalkidsonline.net/guides

(4)  Tool adaptation:  assisting researchers in deciding how best to adapt the tools: www.globalkidsonline.net/adapting

Research results

Country findings are now available from Argentina, Serbia, South Africa and the Phillippines  which are summarised in a  comparative research synthesis. As Global Kids Online keeps growing and new countries  join the research network, more findings emerge, including the latest research evidence from  Brazil Bulgaria, and Montenegro. See:  www.globalkidsonline.net/results

Knowledge exchange and impact

Sonia Livingstone and Mariya Stoilova have recently been awarded a grant from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Knowledge Exchange Fund for working on maximising children’s online opportunities and minimising risks for children around the world. This LSE funding will allow them to collaborate with colleagues from UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti and Global Kids Online country partners to develop new impact and practice resources for the Global Kids Online toolkit.

Joining Global Kids Online

We encourage researchers to communicate to us their ideas of how they might use and adapt the existing toolkit. http://www.globalkidsonline.net/contact

In addition to using the research toolkit, we invite researchers to join the Global Kids Online project and contribute to our aim – to learn from children’s experiences and to help policy makers, educators, and governments make the internet better for children everywhere.  

Guidance for future partners in terms of process and criteria for joining can be found at: www.globalkidsonline.net/join

You can sign up to receive the latest research news from Global Kids Online by email.