ITU Blog: Let’s Create a Better Internet Together
COP Partners’ Initiatives for a Safer Internet
Every year, as information and communication technologies (ICTs) become more readily available and widespread, more young people are growing up surrounded by technology. Under 25 year olds account for a little less than half of the world’s population (42.8 per cent) and ITU estimated that they accounted for 45 per cent of global internet users by early 2012.
In 2013, ITU calculated that 30 per cent of the world’s youth were “digital natives” – defined as 15-24 year old with five or more years of experience online. This ‘digital native’ segment represents 5.2 per cent of the global population and by 2018, it will double in the developing world, growing from 22.8 per cent to 53 per cent of young Internet users. Giving young people the tools to remain safe online is imperative if we are to build trust and confidence in the use of ICTs and succeed in creating a robust and innovative Knowledge Society…