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Digital Misinformation / Disinformation and Children

Digital Misinformation / Disinformation and Children

Author: 
Philip N. Howard
Lisa-Maria Neudert
Nayana Prakash
Steven Vosloo
Publication Date
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Affiliation: 

University of Oxford (Howard, Neudert, Prakash); UNICEF (Vosloo)

"There is insufficient data available to researchers and policymakers to get a clear and comprehensive picture of how susceptible children are to mis/disinformation and how it affects their development, well-being and rights."

The rapid spread of mis/disinformation online affects everyone, including children, many of whom are active digital users. With their cognitive capacities still in development, children are particularly vulnerable to the risks of mis/disinformation. At the same time, they are capable of playing a role in actively countering the flow of mis/disinformation and in mitigating its adverse effects. From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Office of Global Insight & Policy, this report examines the problem of mis/disinformation in general and for children, discusses challenges associated with countering mis/disinformation, and offers recommendations for addressing the problem.

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.unicef.org/globalinsight/media/2096/file/UNICEF-Global-Insight-Digital-Mis-Disinformation-and-Children-2021.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 36-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
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"Digital Misinformation / Disinformation and Children: 10 Things You Need to Know", by Office of Global Insight & Policy website, August 24 2021 - accessed on September 27 2021. Image caption/credit: Renanda Putri, 22, works on a COVID-19 fact checking article at her home in Bogor, Indonesia, on April 12 2021. Renanda is a university student majoring in communications and has been volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic as an online fact checker with MAFINDO, an organisation fighting fake news in Indonesia. © UNICEF/UN0466331/Wilander

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