Children and Mobile Technology

Promoting opportunities, combatting risks

Our mission is to enable young people to access opportunities through mobile safely and responsibly, while actively combatting the misuse of mobile technology to exploit children.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) sets out the specific rights that all children, everywhere, are entitled to in order to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, and to reach their full potential.

Mobile technology is a great enabler of many children’s rights. For growing numbers of young people, it is an increasingly important tool for communicating, seeking help or protection, accessing information and entertainment, as well as learning and being creative. These opportunities must be promoted.

The UN CRC also highlights children’s right to be safeguarded, including from sexual exploitation. It is vital that the private and public sectors work together towards a positive, enriching and safer online environment for young people, and take active steps to combat the misuse of technology to exploit children.

The GSMA and mobile industry work with stakeholders from the international community, governments, NGOs and law enforcement to protect and promote children’s rights in today’s digital world.