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December 13, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Tico kids and teenagers with the best internet access
in Latin America

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Children and teenagers from Costa Rica lead the list of Latin American countries with internet access, according to the latest State of the World's Children of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The 2017 study focused on the interaction of minors with the digital world, and the Ticos stood out at a regional level, as the penetration of the service is 95.5%

According to the 2016 report of the Institutional Program of the Information and Knowledge Society (PROSIC), 87.6 % of Tico teenagers say they have access to the web in their homes and 97.1 percent of those surveyed say they own a cell phone with connection to the internet.

This group uses the tool to access social networks, YouTube, use chat services, visit pages to download music or programs and play games.

Internet access in the country grew by 440 percent between 2010 and 2015 while mobile access increased 690 percent in this same period. This change was heavily influenced by the opening of the telecom monopoly in 2011.

At a Latin American level, the use of the Internet reaches 53 percent of the total population, and it is the young people who take the most advantage.  The average age of internet users is 28 years and their interest are mainly linked to social networks.

In countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, the connection is very low, and only 30 percent connect at least once a day.

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95.5% of teenagers in Costa Rica have access
to the Internet.

According to the study, UNICEF sees internet access as a digital opportunity for children and adolescents to develop better connections to their environment. The study does not suggest that there is no role for family and civil society.

One of the recommendations made by the report is to protect the privacy and identity of this population in web platforms, as well as the development of a policy that establishes the role of every actor in the communication process so that it will be safe.

Four people are killed in a car accident

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The collision between two light vehicles that occurred on Tuesday morning in Quepos has left four of the seven occupants  dead.

Andrés Céspedes, supervisor of the Fire Department, reported that one woman, who was seven months pregnant, suffered cardio-respiratory arrest. She was being transferred to the Max Terán hospital when she died.

Katrina Barquero, doctor of the medical center, explained that they received four patients: the deceased woman, two minors aged 11 and 16 years and  a man who remains in the stable condition and appears to be out of danger.

The accident occurred on the Portalón River Bridge. After the impact, one of the vehicles went off the bridge and caught fire. All three people in the vehicle were dead at the scene after being severely burned.

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Authorities believe the accident could have occurred due to speeding.

The Judicial Investigation Organization picked up the bodies and sent them to the judicial morgue, located in Heredia.

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