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Helping children to thrive online will be the key focus of a panel session at Children’s Global Media Summit, curated by the BBC next month.

The panel will feature Kenyan media personality Adelle Onyango, Australia’s leading cyber safety expert Susan McLean, and Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, member of the Royal Foundation Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying.

The Summit will seek to redesign the digital world for future generations of young people, within five themes of empowerment, innovation, freedom, entertainment and education. And the major thing that disrupts that is cyber bullying- something I’ve openly experienced and addressed!” Adelle Onyango said.

It will also address how, as technology evolves, children’s mental health can be affected.

Sonia Livingstone OBE is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author of 20 books on children’s online opportunities and risks, and advises the UK government, European Commission and Council of Europe on children’s rights in digital environments.

She directs the projects Global Kids Online and Parenting for a Digital Future and founded the EU Kids Online research network.

The radio presenter also said: “How I defeat bullies is by not giving them my power.  I think what’s important is to know yourself and know that you’re on a journey to knowing yourself. It’s also to know that bullying has nothing to do with you – it’s hurting people who hurt others. It’s the bully who is going through issues, not you. Knowing this takes away the bully’s power to control you and to claim you as a victim.”

The summit will take place on December 2-5.

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