“The Internet is becoming the town square
for the global village of tomorrow.”

– Bill Gates


A Safer Internet

The internet has revolutionised the way we live our lives. A better digital world is
one that enables children and young people to safely enjoy the many opportunities
of the internet – for learning and research, to explore their identities, for keeping in
touch with family, and growing existing and new friendships, to share their thoughts,
to produce videos, music, art, to develop apps; as well as for entertainment.

The Problem

While the internet on the whole is a really positive place, there are still children
and youth who have suffered bad online experiences: being shamed with mean
comments, being stalked, abused and exploited. Other risks include breach of
privacy, wrongful use of copyright materials, self-exposure, gambling, scams, and
exposure to harmful content. These experiences can have bad consequences.

Voices of Youth, launched in 1995, was UNICEF’s very first website.


Change starts with YOUth

The digital world is instant and it’s everywhere, 24/7. And that’s why it’s important
to be cyber smart. You can help create a better online world for all by adopting
positive online behaviours and eliminating the negative ones. Be respectful to
others online. Protect your online reputation. Take a stand against cyberbullying!
Use the Internet and digital tools for social good to create a better world for all!