Thriving in a Virtual World: Opportunities (and Risks) for Girls in a COVID-Affected Society

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent efforts to control the spread through school and business shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, has meant that many aspects of daily life have moved online. Before the pandemic hit, the world had made huge leaps in improving online access over the last 25 years. Recent estimates claim that there are approximately 4.6 billion internet users worldwide and 3.8 billion active social media users; the global online penetration rate is estimated at 59%. Compare this to 1995, when less than 1% of the world’s population was connected to the internet. 

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