The media plays a critical role in shaping how children understand the world around them. It also serves to protect and promote children’s rights to freedom of expression, participation, association, and access to information. With the advent of social media, children's access to news and information is no longer limited to the ownership of or access to household televisions and radios or access to hard copies of newspapers.
News and information are increasingly available directly to children through access to a range of devices from mobile phones to tablets, via social media, search platforms and on demand streaming services. At the click of a button, they have access to a wealth of information and can get news and updates ranging from the state of the country and community focused stories to the latest celebrity trends.
Report by Media Monitoring Africa & Unicef