A recent survey conducted by UNICEF in partnership with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, MXit, and the University of Cape Town, revealed that 30 per cent of MXit users admitted to spending most of their after-school time socialising on the platform. 25,876 South African youths recently took part in the survey, which looked at how young people interact on the social media platform.
The Berkman Center has recently organized all of its research efforts relating to young people and technology – including new work on youth in developing countries – under a single project umbrella: Youth and Media...
The Berkman Center has released an exploratory study carried out by the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative in collaboration with UNICEF. It is intended as a contribution towards building a deeper understanding of children’s safety in a digital context in developing nations.
An Exploratory Study by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, in Collaboration with UNICEF
This paper's main objectives are: to raise awareness about issues related to digital safety for youth in developing nations; to provide a tentative map of these issues and give insights into the current state of the respective research based on an exploratory literature review; and to outline the contours of a research framework through a series of working hypotheses that might inform subsequent research efforts on these issues by connecting efforts in developing and industrialized nations.