Netsafe has joined the Global Kids Online research project, with the support of UNICEF NZ. 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.

Generating insightful, reliable evidence about the challenges of young New Zealanders’ online experiences is vital to understanding the best ways preventing issues including online bullying, harassment, and other forms of abuse and intimidation. This work is already underway, with Netsafe publishing several reports about teens’ digital lives. Participation in Global Kids Online will extend and enhance this work.

The ideas that sit at the heart of Global Kids Online project are the importance of rigorous cross-national evidence to inform effective policy and practice; and the value of collective knowledge, expertise and experience in the generation of this knowledge.

By joining the project Netsafe has access to a research toolkit that is used internationally to carry out reliable and standardised national research with children and their parents on the opportunities, risks and protective factors of children’s internet use. Critically, this will enable research findings about young New Zealanders’ online experiences to be compared with those in other countries. Further, Netsafe will be able to exchange expertise and knowledge with a network of international researchers working on similar issues to those we experience in Aotearoa-New Zealand. This will extend the work that Netsafe already does with a organisations in Australia and UK that share its research objectives.

As part of the project Netsafe is currently conducting a study into the online experiences of rangatahi-young people aged 9-17, and their parents’ views on managing the challenges accompanying the digital demands on their children.

To learn more about this study, or to talk about how you or your organisation can contribute to this work contact Neil Melhuish

  • 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.
  • Netsafe is proud to partner with UNICEF NZ to bring the Global Kids Online initiative to Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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