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Over 175,000 children go online every day: Unicef

DHAKA, Feb 6, 2018 (BSS) - More than 175,000 children are going online anew every day - a new child every half second - UNICEF said today.

"Every day, thousands of children are going online for the first time, which opens them up to a flood of dangers we are just coming to appreciate, let alone address," said Laurence Chandy, UNICEF director of Data, Research and Policy.

Chandy said "While governments and the private sector have made some progress in formulating policies and approaches to eliminate the most egregious online risks, more efforts must be made to fully understand and protect children's online lives."

Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information, the children's agency warned.

Worldwide 1 in 3 internet users is a child as outlined in 'The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World', said a release received here.

The report makes clear that the obligation to protect children in the digital world lands on everyone, including governments, families, schools and other institutions.

It notes, however, that the private sector - especially in the technology and telecommunication industries - has a significant and unique responsibility to shape the impact of digital technology on children - a responsibility that has not been taken seriously enough.