Netsafe is the New Zealand member of the Global Kids Online project*. Global Kids Online was developed by UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the EU Kids Online network.
The project aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children’s use of digital technologies by creating a global network of researchers and experts.
Netsafe benefits from the Global Kids Online project in several ways. We can:
- Access the accrued knowledge encapsulated in the research tools
- Compare the experiences of NZ children to those globally via the tools available
- Contribute to the collective knowledge by providing a point of comparison
- Tap into the professional knowledge of the researchers involved in generating evidence about child internet safety policy and practice
Our involvement extends the work that Netsafe already does with organisations in Australia and UK that share its research objectives.
What happened at the GKON meeting in May 2019?
Netsafe attended the Global Kids Online network meeting in Italy at UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti. It was a fantastic opportunity to contribute to, and benefit from, the collective knowledge of other members and attendees at the meeting.
Twenty-five countries were represented as delegates including representatives from the UNICEF country offices, non-government organisations, academics and Innocenti staff.
The meeting took place during the 30th year of the internet, UNICEF Innocenti and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most ratified treaty in the world.
New Zealand Kids Online – Ngā taiohi matihiko o Aotearoa
At the meeting in May 2019, Netsafe was invited to present its initial findings from its application of the Global Kids Online research methodology.
The findings are based on the data from an online survey of a representative sample of children aged 9 – 17 and their parents. This is the same survey that resulted in Netsafe’s research on digital self-harm and parental perceptions of child’s exposure to sexually explicit content.
The first report from the New Zealand Kids Online – Ngā taiohi matihiko o Aotearoa project will soon be released on the topic of children’s technology access, use, skills and opportunities. Further reports on children and online risk and the experiences of digital parenting will be coming in 2019.
Neil Melhuish: Neil leads the development of Netsafe’s public policy and research programme. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Biophysics and PGCE from King’s College London, and is completing his Masters in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington. His professional background is founded in the education sector, first as a practitioner and manager and then as a programme leader of the New Zealand government’s national digital teacher development programme (2008-2012). The latter sparked an interest in public policy that he has pursued since joining Netsafe in 2012.
Dr. Edgar Pacheco: Edgar is Netsafe’s principal researcher. He holds a PhD in Information Systems and a BA (Hons) in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington. Edgar’s overall research interest is in the social and cultural impact of information and communication technologies on society. As a research analyst, he plans and implements Netsafe’s research in regard to online safety, digital challenges and risks. Edgar has also conducted and published research on new technologies in the context of higher education and disability
To learn more about Netsafe’s research or to talk about how you or your organisation can contribute, email Neil Melhuish, Director of Policy.
*Netsafe’s membership of Global Kids Online is supported by UNICEF New Zealand, one of 36 UNICEF National Committees, which raise funds for UNICEF’s worldwide emergency and development work.