Connectivity and the digital environment are increasingly central to children’s lives. They afford numerous opportunities for the realisation of a number of children’s fundamental rights – such as access to information and education – but they can also create risks and play a role in rights violations.

This course looks at the various ways in which children are impacted by the digital environment. It considers the growing body of research on children’s digital experience, as well as the role of policymakers and other key stakeholders in promoting opportunities whilst combatting potential risks.

Course Objectives

  • Understand how child rights apply in the digital context
  • Learn about the risks and opportunities faced by children online
  • Reflect on emerging global standards and good practice in the policymaking space
  • Become familiar with the range of approaches that can help support the realisation of children’s rights to, through and in the digital environment.

Course Enrolment Criteria

This course is open to:

  • Regulators
  • Policymakers
  • Representatives from academia and international organisations working on regulatory or policy issues

We cannot accept applications from individuals working in the private sector or those not involved in policy or regulation.

Course Completion Certificates

All of our courses are certified by the United Kingdom Telecoms Academy (UKTA) and can be used as evidence of professional development.

To qualify for a course completion certificate, you must view all the course sessions and answer correctly all the quiz questions you will find as you progress through the sessions. You will also need to fill out the course survey.

You do not have to complete a final project to earn a course completion certificate but we strongly encourage you to create one. Putting together a final project will give you an opportunity to reflect on the principles covered during the course and help you discover how they could be applied to your own country. If you submit a final project the course trainer will provide you with valuable feedback that you may find useful in your day-to-day work.

Course Structure and Study Time

The course consists of six sessions and you will gain access to all of them on the course start date. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the content of the course during a live chat session as well as on the course forum.

It should not take you more than two to three hours of study time per week to complete the course in three weeks. You will have, however, six weeks to complete it. If after six weeks you have not completed the course, you will have to start it again next time it is offered.

If you decide to submit a final project, it will probably take you four to six hours to put it together. You will have six weeks to submit your final project.

If you have any special needs regarding this training course, please us let us know via our contact form so we can get in touch to discuss how your needs can be met.

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Duration: 3 weeks
Start date: 23 May 2024
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Jenny Jones
Director of Child Rights, GSMA

Jenny is the GSMA’s Director of Child Rights. She has over 20 years of experience working at the intersection of children’s rights and the digital environment.

Jenny is responsible for the GSMA’s mPowerYouth programme, which addresses the full range of potential impacts on child rights in the digital context – from protection to participation – through knowledge sharing and advocacy. She also coordinates the GSMA Mobile Alliance to combat Digital Child Sexual Exploitation – an international group of mobile operators within the GSMA who have committed to working together and taking proactive steps to fight technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.

On behalf of the GSMA, Jenny works closely with organisations such as UNICEF and Child Helpline International to promote collaborative approaches to protecting and promoting children’s fundamental rights to, through and in the digital environment.

Jenny holds a BA in modern languages from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Children’s Rights from the University of Geneva.



Daniela Gutierrez-Torres
Training Manager, GSMA

Daniela works on the GSMA’s Capacity Building program and manages the delivery of training content to regulators and policymakers worldwide and leads capacity building partnerships with the World Bank, ITU, among others. Before joining GSMA, Daniela worked at the LSE Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. She designed and delivered training to African graduate students to develop leadership and critical skills and coordinated the Programme for African Leadership’s wide range of operational and developmental activities.

Daniela holds an MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex. Her interests and expertise lie at the intersection between social innovation, economic and social rights, and social development.

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