Blockanomics in UN report on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age

Blockanomics has featured in UN report - Children’s Rights in the Digital Age, as one of the highlighted 'Digital Champions'.

The report was commissioned UNICEF In observance of the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Blockanomics is thrilled to be highlighted as one of the 12 Digital Champions selected from across the globe, and proud of the participants who were confident enough at this early stage of the project to discuss the need and potential of the game so articulately.

You can download a copy of the full report here:  Children’s Rights in the Digital Age, A Download from Children Around the World: Stories of Digital Champions, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, Melbourne.

The foreword states :

“A growing body of evidence from across the world is also telling us that no matter where they are from, more and more children are relying on digital tools, platforms and services to learn, engage, participate, play, innovate, work or socialise.

There are already countless examples of how – when harnessed appropriately – digital tools can help promote human development, by closing gaps in access to information, speeding up service delivery, supporting educational and health outcomes, and creating new entrepreneurship opportunities.

The power of technology to jump across borders and time zones, to join the once disparate, and to foster social connectedness, has provided the means for the children and young people of today to participate in a global society in ways previously not possible.

Sadly, there are also new or evolving risks – exposure to violence; access to inappropriate content, goods and services; concerns about excessive use;
and issues of data protection and privacy.As it becomes increasingly difficult to draw the line between offline and online, it is necessary for us to examine how this changing environment impacts the wellbeing and development of children and their rights.

Ensuring that all children are safe online requires approaches that promote digital literacy, resilience and cyber-savvy. It is only in partnership that we can reach consensus on how to create a safe, open, accessible, affordable and secure digital world. Critically, children and young people’s profound insight must help inform, shape and drive this goal – which needs to focus on equity of access, safety for all, digital literacy across generations, identity and privacy, participation and civic engagement."