Researching Children's Rights Globally in the Digital Age

The meeting draws together international experts in child rights, child protection, internet and mobile technologies and governance, cross-national survey and ethnographic methods, applied and policy-relevant research, and area specialists from the global North and the global South


Photo credit: Claude Robillard

To examine how children's rights to provision, protection and participation are being enhanced or undermined in the digital age, this meeting aims to build on current understandings of the risks and opportunities afforded to children worldwide as they gain access to internet-enabled technologies of one kind or another. 

The meeting draws together international experts in child rights, child protection, internet and mobile technologies and governance, cross-national survey and ethnographic methods, applied and policy-relevant research, and area specialists from the global North and the global South. Check out the Participants section below for biographies and expert interviews on video.

The meeting was held on 12-14 February 2015 at the London School of Economics and Political Science. It was organised by Sonia Livingstone, Jasmina Byrne, Monica Bulger and Alexandra Chernyavskaya. Check out the Agenda below to watch presentation videos and download slides. 

Aims and report

Meeting aims

The meeting’s aims are both conceptual and practical:

  • To identify the opportunities and barriers to children’s rights in a digital age.
  • To debate standardized vs. contextual approaches to comparative research.
  • To address the challenges regarding research and policy priorities, research training needs and research impact.
  • To consider multistakeholder engagement and funding prospects.
  • To recognise the practical, political and ethical challenges of such research.
  • To scope key elements that could be developed for a flexible, modular research toolkit likely to be of wide benefit.
  • To consider practical knowledge-sharing strategies, platforms, dissemination, ownership/authorship, quality control, maximum and minimum scenarios, expertise, standardisation/variation.

This meeting extends the collaboration among LSE, EU Kids Online and UNICEF. 

The meeting draws together international experts in child rights, child protection, internet and mobile technologies and governance, cross-national survey and ethnographic methods, applied and policy-relevant research, and area specialists from the global North and global South.

Meeting report

You can access the meeting report here.


Articles and reports

Badenhorst, C. (2011). Legal responses to cyber bullying and sexting in South Africa. CJCP Issue Paper, 10.

Barbosa, A., O’Neill, B., Ponte, C., Simões, J.A., and Jereissati, T. (2013). Risks and safety on the internet: Comparing Brazilian and European children. LSE, London: EU Kids Online.

Burton, P. (2012). Cyberbullying in context

Kumar, A. & Shah, N. The Pathways to Higher Education Program. The Higher Education Cell, Centre the Study of Culture and Society.

Kuzmanović, D. & Popadić, D. (2013). Use of the Internet by youth in Serbia: Opportunities and risks [abstract].

Livingstone, S. (2014) EU Kids Online: Findings, methods, recommendations. LSE, London: EU Kids Online.

Livingstone, S. & Bulger, M.E. (2013). A Global Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: Recommendations for Developing UNICEF’s Research Strategy. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti.

Livingstone, S. & Bulger, M.E. (2014). A Global Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age. Journal of Children and Media, 8(4), 317-335.  doi: 10.1080/17482798.2014.961496

Mascheroni, G., & Ólafsson, K. (2014). Net children go mobile: Risks and opportunities (2nd ed.). Educatt.

Net Children Go Mobile reports.

Popadić, D. & Kuzmanović, D. (2013) Summary of Utilisation of digital technologies, and incidence of digital violence among students in Serbia. Belgrade: School without violence.

Popovac, M.  & Leoschut, L. (2012).Cyber in South Africa: Impact and responses. CJCP Issue Paper, 13.

Phyfer, J. & Burton, P. (2014). Online risks for children are balanced by opportunities.

Shah, N. (2011). Learn it yourself.

Smith, Kate, & Platt, Lucinda. (2013). How do children answer questions about frequencies and quantities? Evidence from a large-scale field test. Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

United Nations Children’s Fund (2013). Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges, Innocenti Insight, Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.

UNICEF Research Watch on ICT & children. 

Projects, guidelines and events

Connected Dot Com. Young People’s. Navigation of Online Risks.Social Media, ICTs & Online Safety.

Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?

Digitally Connected Event hosted by UNICEF and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Digital Natives with a Cause?: A Knowledge Survey and Framework.

Digital Natives with a Cause? Thinkathon Position Papers.

EU Kids Online project website

EU Kids Online research toolkit 

“How many likes does you destiny cost?” (UNICEF jointly with Vkontakte social network).

Health Behaviour of School Children project

International Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) project: Ethical Research Involving Children.

ITU/UNICEF guidelines to industry, educators, parents, etc.

Millennium Cohort Study 5 (2012) age 11.

Millennium Cohort Study 6 (2014) participant engagement.

Millennium Cohort Study

Of Fooling Around: Digital Natives and Politics in Asia.

Of pranksters, jesters and clowns : YouTube and the condition of collaborative authorship.

TIC Kids Online Brasil resources. 

UNICEF Office of Research — Innocenti Child Rights Programme

UNICEF - The RuNet Generation An Exploratory Study of the Russian Digital Landscape.

UNICEF - The UaNet Generation An Exploratory Study of the Ukrainian Digital Landscape.

UNICEF - Youth of Turkey Online. An Exploratory Study of the Turkish Digital Landscape.

UNITED NATIONS COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD Day of General Discussion: “Digital Media and Children’s Rights” 12 September 2014, Geneva. Submission by the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP), South Africa.

Whose Change is it, Anyway? Towards a future of digital technologies and citizen action in emerging information societies.


See hyperlinks for presenters' powerpoint slides.

Thursday 12th February

2.30 – 3.30 Arrival, welcome and introductions

Participant introductions audio

Jasmina Byrne, UNICEF Office of Research 
Sonia Livingstone, Media and Communications LSE and EU Kids Online


Meeting overview: context, aims, challenges 


3.30  Coffee/tea

4.00 – 5.30 Challenge 1: What’s the problem? Opportunities and barriers to children’s rights in a digital, global age 

Friday 13th February

9.30 – 11.00 Challenge 2: Setting the standards for rigorous and comparable methods of investigation cross-nationally

11.00  Coffee/tea

11.30 – 1.00 Challenge 3: Research contexts – priorities, training and impact (Panel discussion)

1.00 – 2.30 Lunch + moderated break out discussions to review (1) research or (2) policy priorities

2.30 – 3.30 Challenge 4: Multistakeholder engagement and research funding (Panel discussion)

3.30 – 4.30 Coffee/tea + moderated break out discussions on (1) evaluation or (2)  impact of evidence-based interventions  

  • (1) Evaluation discussion leader: Dorothea Kleine, Rapporteur: Clara Sommarin
  • (2) Impact discussion leader: Robin Mansell, Rapporteur: Eija Hietavuo

4.30 – 5.45 Challenge 5: Implementing evidence-based policy internationally: practice, politics, ethics (Panel discussion)

  • Chair:  Lely Djuhari, UNICEF CEE/CIS regional office
  • Robin Mansell, Media and Communications, LSE, UK. “Challenges of global internet governance” Video
  • Nevine Tewfik, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Egypt. “Child online protection experience in Egypt” Video
  • John Carr, ECPAT International. “Why policy makers need evidence” Video
  • Chair summary Video

Saturday 14th February

9.30 – 10.30 Challenge 6: Producing a robust yet flexible cross-national research toolkit: learning from experience (Panel discussion)

10.30 Coffee/tea

11.00 – 11.45 Report back from Friday break out discussions Video

11.45 – 12.30 Conclusions and next steps 

Download the agenda and the meeting report. 


Surya Av

Surya Av

Surya Av is Vice President of the Social & Rural Research Institute at IMRB International. For the last 20 years, Surya has been leading and advising research teams and organizations in South Asian countries primarily in the areas of public health, education, gender, human rights and livelihoods. He and his colleagues implement large scale surveys in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and MENA regions and work with various organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, BMGF, Packard Foundation, governments, etc. Surya and his team have designed and executed various research projects in the areas of child rights, child labour, nutritional issues (other than providing national statistics on child mortality & morbidity), child care & development, pre-school education, girl child marriages, etc. Surya is also responsible for designing and implementing the well-publicized studies providing national level estimates of the number of out-of-school children in India. These research studies have helped in designing and implementing various programs to improve child welfare in India and other South Asian countries.

Video interview


Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa 

Alexandre Fernandes Barbosa is Head of the Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society ( under the auspices of UNESCO based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Alexandre is in charge of several nationwide ICT surveys and research projects on the socioeconomic implications of ICTs, including research on ICT in Education and online risks and opportunities for children (EU Kids Online survey). He is the Chair of the Expert Group on ICT Households Indicators from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Alexandre holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bradford University (UK), an MSc Degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and a BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University (Brazil). He has also conducted postdoctoral research at HEC Montreal (Canada).

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Yves Boillot

Yves Boillot is based in Paris where he coordinates CSR Projects for the Orange Group. Yves joined Orange in 2006 as Strategy Associate in the Netherlands. In 2008 he became Manager for products and services innovation at the Orange Labs business incubator. Prior to that, Yves was Director of Business Development, Co-founder of a start-up and Consultant on e-commerce projects.  He accrued 10 years of experience in the civil aerospace industry. Yves received his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management in 2001 and his MS degree from National Institute of Applied Science in 1987.

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Fiona Brooks

Professor Fiona Brooks is a medical sociologist and head of adolescent and child health research at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Since 2008, she has been principal investigator for England on the WHO Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study (HBSC). She is also lead for lead for WHO, HBSC Family Culture Research Group (countries involved, England, Canada, Armenia, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Iceland). Since 2009, she has been editor and author of the biennial publication Key Data in Adolescence, and she authored the chapter on school-aged children in the recent report of the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2012: Our Children Deserve Better: Prevention Pays, Department of Health. She is associate editor of the Journal Health and Social Care in the Community. She is a founder member of the UK charity The Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH). She also holds a visiting chair at Washington State University, USA.

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Wei Bu

Bu, Wei, professor at the Institute of Journalism and Communication (IJC), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and director of the Research Center for Children and Media, based at the IJC of CASS; guest professor of the Nordic Institute for Asia Studies in Denmark.

Bu Wei mainly does researches on Critical Communication for Social Change. Since 1990, she published over 10 books and 200 articles on ICT/communication for Development and Social Change, children/youth’s use of media/ICTs and their sub-culture, participatory communication, media empowerment for marginal groups, feminist media studies, media literacy education, NGOs’ communication activisms, art activism for social changes, working class cultural studies, communication for participation into global governance, and communication research methodology.

Bu Wei is also an activist in the practice on communication and development. Worked with peasants, workers, migrants, trafficking of women, minorities, rural youth, people with HIV/AIDS and other groups, she explored the theories, models, and action guidelines through pilot practice and action researches. Since 1997, she conducted over 200 participatory training workshops on human rights, ending violence against women and children, fighting with human trafficking, children’s rights, media watch, HIV/AIDS and youth, gender equity, and NGO’s communication and advocacy strategies for NGOs and Media people.

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Monica Bulger  

Monica Bulger is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute. Her research interests include youth technology use, child rights, student data privacy, and digital literacy. She contributes policy research to national and multi-national groups such as the U.S. Department of Justice, UNICEF, ECPAT, and the European Commission. She co-authored with Sonia Livingstone A Global Research Agenda for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age: Recommendations for Developing UNICEF’s Research Strategy. As a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, Monica engaged in empirical work to identify incidents of actual harm occurring from youth-initiated internet use, finding that the way in which ‘harm’ is defined affects measures of prevalence and the focus of intervention efforts. She recently evaluated the social and technical challenges of complying with the U.S. Child Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) and is currently examining parent understanding of student data privacy.

Video interview

Twitter: @literacyonline


Patrick Burton

Patrick Burton is the Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention. His main research interests include both online and offline child protection; child and youth resilience; and the relationship between online and offline vulnerability, risks and harms.  He is one of three principal investigators on the Optimus Foundation Study South Africa, a national incidence and prevalence study of child abuse, violence and neglect in South Africa, one component of which includes children’s experiences of online risk, and harms. Recent research projects include explorations into the causes and nature of youth violence; extensive work into the extent, causes and nature of school violence in South Africa and the region; qualitative research exploring how young people navigate their online safety, and the development of a National School Safety Framework for National Government.

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Jasmina Byrne

Jasmina Byrne is a senior researcher working in UNICEF Office of Research- Innocenti, Florence, Italy.  She leads UNICEF Office of Research’s work on children and the internet and has overseen and contributed to several UNICEF studies related to child safety online, cyberbullying and child rights on the internet (www. In addition, she is responsible for developing and leading UNICEF’s global research agenda on family and parenting support. Prior to joining Innocenti, Jasmina was head of UNICEF child protection programme in Indonesia. She has more than 18 years of international experience in managing complex child rights and protection programmes, including research, policy development, programme design and evaluation in South East Asia, Europe and Southern Africa with UNICEF, Save the Children. International Committee of the Red Cross and UN Women.

Video interview

Twitter: @Jasmina_Byrne


Patricio Cabello

Patricio Cabello Cádiz is Associate Professor in the Journalism Department at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Patricio leads several child-focused research projects, including “Uses of media and ICT of young people participating in community based organizations from three regions of Chile (2014-2017)” (FONDECYT: 11140751) and “Orientations for the participation of children on media” (CNTV-PUCV, 2014-2015). He also leads the new research on pluralism and media “Frame analysis of the debate on Education and Taxes reforms in four Chilean newspapers (2014-2015)” (PLU: 140009). He is coordinating the prospective Chilean version of EU Kids Online. Patricio holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology, an M.A. in Anthropology and Development, an M.A. in Social Research Methods and B.A. in Psychology.

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Kursat Cagiltay  

Dr. Kursat Cagiltay is Professor of the Department of Computer  Education and Instructional Technology at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He holds double PhD in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, USA.

Dr. Cagiltay is the coordinator of Turkish EU Kids Online project team. The team provides rigorous evidence about safer Internet use to Turkish researchers. His research focuses on different aspects of Social Informatics, Human Computer Interaction, and Technology Enhanced Learning. He works to make the Internet safe and productive environment for children without losing its freedom. Personal Web page: 

Twitter: @cagiltay


John Carr  

One of the world’s leading authorities on young people’s use of the Internet, John Carr, OBE holds a number of key roles: he is Technical Advisor (Online) to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, and Expert Advisor to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO) based in Rome, Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS) and he is also a member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, the British Government's principal advisory body for online safety and security for young people. John is a member of the Strategic Reference Group established by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary focusing on the national inspection into how law enforcement addresses internet-enabled child sexual exploitation. He is also a member of the Academic Network established by Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk, ACPO lead on child abuse investigations. Although based in London, he works in many different parts of the world. He has also advised several major, high tech companies including Newscorp, Fox Interactive Media (owners of MySpace) where he was a Vice President and later a consultant, Yahoo UK & Ireland, Google, Phorm (UK), Vodafone, Lego and 02.

Video interview



Lely Djuhari

Lely Djuhari is a strategic thinker using mass and social media for child rights advocacy with young people, government and civil society. She has worked for UNICEF and other humanitarian and development agencies in her native Indonesia, as well as other Southeast Asian countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, South Caucasus and Central Asia. She supervised multi-country advocacy campaigns on inclusion of children with disabilities; the roll out of journalism education and child rights in 40 universities in Europe and Central Asia; research in safer online access for boys and girls. As a correspondent for The Associated Press and Kyodo News English Service during 2004-1998, she covered social and political issues in Indonesia, East Timor`s path to nationhood and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. While on a Chevening scholarship at London`s City University, UK, she explored new media and new competencies needed by journalists in an increasingly connected world.

Video interview

Twitter: @LelyDjuhari


Marialaura Ena

Marialaura is a Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF UK, providing technical assistance to their fundraising and communication divisions. For over a decade, she has worked as a development professional for UNICEF, both in the field and at the international headquarters. Her main areas of expertise include social welfare, child protection and child rights, gender issues, governance, and institutional strengthening.


Deborah Fox 

Deborah Fox has worked in the commercial Market Research sector for over twenty years. At an early stage, she started to specialise in designing and managing multi-country projects, and learned - sometimes the hard way - about the challenges and pitfalls of trying to create comparable datasets in widely varying markets. A linguist by training, her understanding of the way language works provided her with an insight into the nuance of how other cultures think, which was enormously helpful when it came to understanding how they respond to survey research. Along the way, she developed expertise in sampling and weighting, including how to project survey findings to total markets.

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Leslie Haddon 

Dr Leslie Haddon is a part-time lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. His work focuses on the social shaping and consumption of ICTs, he is the author of Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life: A Concise Introduction and Research Guide (Berg, 2004) and is joint series editor of textbooks on new media and co-author of one of the series: Green, N. and Haddon, L. (2009) Mobile Communications. An Introduction to New Media, Berg, Oxford.  Over the last eight years has been working with Sonia Livingstone coordinating the EU Kids Online project on children's use of the internet. He is co-editor of the books from this project Kids online. Opportunities and risks for children (2009) and Children risk and safety on the internet (2012), both Policy Press, Bristol. He was also a participant in the Net Children Go Mobile project looking at smartphones and tablets.

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Ellen Helsper  

Dr Ellen Helsper is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her current research interests include new media audiences; digital inclusion; mediated interpersonal communication; and quantitative and qualitative methodological developments in media research. The three main research projects she is involved in at the moment are a European Commission Project in relation to Online Advertising and Children, the EU Kids Online project, the longitudinal World Internet Project and the From Digital Skills to Tangible Outcomes Project. Other studies she has been involved in include Wisekids Wales; Youth at risk and ICTs; Social Impacts of ICT; Net Addiction; Me, My Spouse and the Internet; and Online Gambling. Ellen holds Visiting Scholar positions at NYU Steinhardt’s department of Media, Culture and Communications, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the University of Twente’s Media, Communication and Organisation Department. 

Project websites

Twitter: @EllenHel

Eija Hietavuo

Eija Hietavuo manages the UNICEF Corporate Social Responsibility unit in Geneva, Switzerland.  She oversees external engagement related to UNICEF’s child rights and business agenda. She represents UNICEF on various CSR-related platforms, including the UNGC human rights working group and corporate stakeholder consultations. Eija holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Aalto University in Helsinki and Cass Business School in London and a postgraduate degree in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University. Her international career spans investment banking and financial information to ESG and CSR research and analysis and consultancy. Prior to joining UNICEF, Eija led CSR and ESG related research and business solutions at Thomson-Reuters Inc.

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Natasha Jackson

Natasha Jackson is the Head of Content Policy at the GSMA. She is responsible for leading the GSMA’s work on consumer protection, including the development and promotion of responsible self-regulatory approaches in the areas of privacy and online safety. Natasha led the development of GSMA’s Mobile Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content as well as oversaw the implementation of a global code of practice on mobile spam and the development of educational toolkits for mobile operators, which outlined issues and good practice in the areas of mobile content services and child protection. Jackson has worked in the telecommunications sector for over 15 years.

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Joe F. Khalil  

Joe F. Khalil is Associate Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar and a former television executive. He is author of a monograph on Arab satellite entertainment television and co-author of Arab Television Industries. Khalil’s scholarly interests revolve specifically around Arab youth, alternative media and global media industries.

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Dorothea Kleine 

Dorothea Kleine is Director of the Information and Communication for Development (ICT4D) Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London ( The Centre was ranked 7th among global Think Tanks in Science and Technology (Uni of Pennsylvania/Wharton School, 2015). Dorothea Kleine is Reader in Human Geography and directs the MSc in Practising Sustainable Development (including the ICT4D specialism). She has published widely on development, technology, choice, sustainability, youth, and gender. Her most recent book is Technologies of Choice: ICTs, Development and the Capabilities Approach (MIT, 2013). Her work ranges from policy analysis and theoretical work to participatory action research, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She has conducted collaborative research with and/or advised UNICEF, UNEP, EuropeAid, DFID, GIZ, the private sector and NGOs. Dorothea Kleine was lead author, with David Hollow and Sammia Poveda, of the key UNICEF Report: Children, ICTs and Development (2014). 

UNICEF Report: Children, ICTs and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges: 

UNICEF ResearchWatch on ICT & children:  

Video interview

Twitter: @dorotheakleine


Sonia Livingstone 

Sonia Livingstone is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. She is author or editor of nineteen books and many academic articles and chapters. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), for which she is the Evidence Champion. She was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 'for services to children and child internet safety.' She leads the project, Preparing for a Digital Future, which follows the recently-completed project, The Class, both part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network. She directed the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Better Internet for Kids programme, with impacts in the UK and Europe. She gave a recent TEDX talk on how children engage with the internet.

Video interview



Preetam Maloor 

Preetam Maloor is a Strategy and Policy Advisor in the Corporate Strategy Division of the ITU General Secretariat and an expert on international Internet-related public policy matters. He has been a key member of the ITU Secretariat at several major conferences including the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), 2010 and 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary conferences and the 2009 and 2013 World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forums (WTPF). He also serves as the Secretary of the ITU Council Working Group on international internet-related public policy issues.  Prior to joining ITU, Preetam spent nearly 10 years in the private sector, working primarily at research organizations such as Intelligent Automation Inc, a Rockville, Maryland-based research think-tank focusing on Artificial Intelligence-based applications, and at AT&T Research Labs, Florham Park, NJ.

He holds Masters degrees in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, and in Engineering and Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

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Robin Mansell 

Robin Mansell is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE. She is internationally known for her work on the social, economic, and political issues arising from new information and communication technologies. She is a leading contributor to policy debates on the potential of and risks associated with the information society. She has served as Head of the Media and Communications Department at LSE (2006-2009), President of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (2004-2008) and Scientific Chair of the EURO Communications Policy Research Conference (2008-2014). She is the author of numerous academic papers and books including Imagining the Internet: Communication, Innovation and Governance (OUP 2012) and The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy (co-editor, Blackwell-Wiley 2011)

Video interview

Twitter: @REMVAN


Giovanna Mascheroni 

Giovanna Mascheroni is a Lecturer in Sociology of Communication in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica of Milan and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science. She has researched children and the internet since 2007, as the national contact of the EU Kids Online network and the coordinator of the Net Children Go Mobile project ( ).  Among her latest publications: (with Kjartan Ólafsson) The mobile Internet: Access, use, opportunities and divides among European children.  New Media & Society , DOI:10.1177/1461444814567986

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Cecile Modvar 

Cecile Modvar is Child protection specialist at UNICEF. She hold an M.A. in international relations and has 8 years of experience from working with UNICEF and other UN agencies, including country offices and Headquarters, with a focus on violence against children and mechanisms to improve children’s protection.


Kjartan Ólafsson

Kjartan Ólafsson is a Lecturer and Head of Department of Social Sciences at the University of Akureyri in Iceland where he teaches research methods and quantitative data analysis. He is also a visiting senior researcher at the Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.  He has extensive experience in survey research and played a key role in the design and implementation of a number of cross national research projects on children’s media use.  These include both the 2010 EU Kids Online study and the Net Children Go Mobile study of 2013-14.  He has also been involved in other cross-national comparative projects on children such as the ESPAD study (European School Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs) and the HBSC project (Health Behaviour in School-aged Children).

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Lucinda Platt 

Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE. Her research is in the area of inequalities, broadly defined. She has published in ethnicity and migration, child poverty, disability, and gender. From 2011 to the end of 2013 she was the PI of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a survey of over 19,000 children born across the UK in 2000-2001 who are followed over time, with direct collection of data from, as well as about, the children. Lucinda  recently edited Initial Findings from the Age 11 survey of the MCS. She has also been a co-investigator on Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study since its inception. This study follows the members of around 40,000 households, collecting information directly from all those aged 10 and over. It has a large ethnic minority boost sample and dedicated ethnicity-related content, and Lucinda leads on the ethnicity strand.

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Cristina Ponte 

Cristina Ponte is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon, Portugal (FCSH-NOVA).  With a background on Communication and Education, her research has examined children, youth and media; media and family generations; digital inclusion and participation. She coordinates the Portuguese team in the EU Kids Online Project, has acting as consultant of TIC Kids Online in Brazil and is currently in charge of the cooperation with Third Countries. She has a wide experience on leading international and large teams of researchers, such as funded projects Digital Inclusion and Participation (2009-2011), Children and Young People in the news (2005-2007) and a Working Group  on Social Integration in the COST Action Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies (2010-2014). Currently she is vice-chair of the TWG Children, Youth and Media, at the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Video interview   

Recent Publications related to children, youth and Media:




Dale Rutstein

As Chief of Communication, for UNICEF’s Office of Research at Innocenti, Dale leads advocacy and communication efforts for UNICEF’s global research function. He has served as a communication specialist with UNICEF since 1992. Dale has carved out a specialization in media mobilization in support of high profile child rights lobbying efforts. In the Philippines, Dale orchestrated national media campaigns that secured passage of the first juvenile justice system law and historic strengthening the international breast-milk substitute code. In China, he expanded UNICEF’s social media initiatives for the promotion of child rights reaching almost 3 million regular followers. Coming from the world of television journalism, Dale pioneered UNICEF efforts to include the voices of disadvantaged young people on nationwide broadcast television in Albania and the Philippines. From 1997 to 2000 Dale headed the Baha'i International Community's Office of Public Information and led global efforts against the denial of higher education for Baha’is in Iran.

Video interview

Twitter: @dalerutstein


Nishant Shah 

Nishant Shah is a Professor of Culture and Aesthetics of New Media, at the Leuphana University, Germany and the co-founder of the Centre for Internet and Society, India. Nishant has been the knowledge partner for the Dutch NGO HIVOS, working on a project titled 'Digital Natives with a Cause?' that examines how young people in the global south engage with digital technologies to bring about social and political changes and is also the editor for the series of publications titled 'Digital AlterNatives with a Cause?'. He has also been the primary researcher for a project on 'Pathways to Higher Education' that works with undergraduate students in 9 colleges in India, over a period of 4 years to examine the challenges around questions of identity, privacy, free speech and expression, and integrated communication in connected learning environments. His current focus is on understanding the digital landscape through intersections of software, cultural practice, gendered bodies, and regimes of control and domination.

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Clara Sommarin

Clara Sommarin is a Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF Headquarters. She is responsible for providing technical support and guidance to UNICEF field offices and partners on effective programmes to address violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, including through information and communication technologies. Prior to joining UNICEF Headquarters in 2009, she worked in the Child Protection Section at the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama from 2001-2008. Before joining UNICEF, Clara worked at Save the Children, Sweden where she coordinated child rights projects and supported NGO reporting to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. She holds degrees in Humanitarian Assistance and Political Science, with specialization in international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

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Ola Jo Tandre

Ola Jo Tandre is Director and Head of Social Responsibility at Telenor Group. He has previously worked as a journalist and in corporate communications, serving as a PR and Communications Manager. Tandre has been with the Telenor Group for more than a decade, the last six years working with Corporate Social Responsibility. Tandre is currently responsible for coordinating CSR initiatives across Telenor Group’s Asian operations, which include Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Myanmar. Tandre resides in Norway, but spends much of his time in Asia.

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Nevine Tewfik

Nevine Tewfik

Nevine Tewfik is Head of the Research, Studies and Policies Bureau at the IR Division of MCIT- Egypt.  With a background in development and political science, Nevine joined MCIT in 2001 where she managed various key portfolios and is currently representing the Ministry at the OECD's CDEP committee.  Nevine is member of ICANN public responsibility Panel and MCIT's representative at UNESCO.

Nevine has developed and contributed to a number of strategic documents including MCIT's strategies, policies and vision papers.

Currently, Nevine's work revolves precisely around the development of the Green ICT agenda and Child Online Protection programs in Egypt, as well as engaging Egypt in the international dialogue on the subjects.  Nevine played an active role in establishing the multi stakeholder national COP committee in Egypt, where she acts as coordinator.  Nevine represents MCIT at the ITU COP initiative, at the ITU WG- CP and the Child on line Protection Dynamic Coalition.

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Jelena Zajeganovic Jakovljevic

Jelena Zajeganovic Jakovljevic, M.D., is a Programme Specialist with 13 years experience in health, adolescent development and early childhood development at UNICEF Serbia. In partnership with Serbia’s Ministry of Education, in 2005 she initiated and managed the “School without Violence” programme aimed at preventing and protecting children from school violence. The programme generated a large evidence base on violence against and among children in educational settings. It influenced national development of evidence-based regulation and policies while additionally building awareness and training programmes for 20% of schools (children, teachers, parents, local community) within Serbia. Since 2012 she has focused research and intervention efforts on prevention of digital and gender-based violence. She has significant field experience working with civil society/youth and within the health sector to strengthen inter-sectorial response to violence against children.

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During the symposium, participants responded to key questions related to researching children’s rights globally in the digital age:

1. What do you see as the key challenge in researching children’s digital activities? 

Question 1 Question 1

2.  Where do you think evidence can make the most effective contribution to policy developments?

Question 2 Question 2

3. In your work/part of the world, what about children’s internet use most concerns you? Where do you think the internet could make the biggest contribution?


Question 3 Question 3