Guidelines on Child Online Protection


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Welcome to the COP Guidelines Website!

Read more about the four sets of the 2020 Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines, find relevant additional information targeting children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers and browse through further resources.  

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The ITU Global Programme on Child Online Protection & Online Safety with Sango for Kids!

We are pleased to announce the release of the first episode of the Online Safety with Sango course for children.

 The Online Safety Course with Sango is part of the Global Child Online Protection  Project with the objective of implementing the 2020 Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines globally.

The newly created Implementation page includes more details surrounding the Global COP Programme, including a Concept note, the work streams, a timeline, infographics and more.


Click here to discover more about the Global COP Programme!   


Watch the first video lesson,

and more exciting material here!

New Release!

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Read here the ITU Policy Brief based on the ITU Guidelines on Child online Protection:


Keeping children safe in the digital environment: The importance of protection and empowerment.

For more information targeting policy-makers, check here.

 A complete set of tools

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About COP


​The explosion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has created unprecedented opportunities for children and young people to communicate, socialize, share, learn, access information and express their opinions on matters that affect their lives and their communities, while at the same time posing significant challenges to children’s safety.  

In a world where the Internet permeates almost every aspect of life, keeping young users safe online has emerged as an increasingly urgent issue.   

ITU developed its very first set of COP Guidelines in 2009. Since then, the Internet has evolved beyond all recognition. While it has become an infinitely richer resource for children to play and learn, today’s children face many risks online.   

The ITU Guidelines on Child Online Protection are a comprehensive set of recommendations for all relevant stakeholders on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people.  

While the Internet has become an infinitely richer resource for children to play and learn



it has also become a much more dangerous place for them to venture unaccompanied.

COP Guidelines for policy-makers

Aiming at raising awareness on the scope of child online protection, while providing resources and actual tools that support children and their families in the development of digital skills and digital literacy and that additionally support industry and government stakeholders in the development of corporate and national child online protection policies & strategies.    

In an age where more and more young people are coming online, the updated COP Guidelines are more vital than ever. Since families, including children, the private sector as well as government stakeholders - all play a crucial role in children’s online safety, the ITU COP Guidelines are dedicated to each of these key players.    

Targeting children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers, the COP Guidelines are meant to act as a blueprint, which can be adapted and used in a way that is consistent with national or local customs and laws.    

As the nature and impact of ICTs is borderless, promoting online safety requires global efforts, through collaboration from all stakeholders at the local, national, regional and international level.


About Sangophone,

the Child Online Protection mascot


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Sangophone, short Sango, was created by an energetic group of children to support their peers online for a safe and positive digital experience!




The  Guidelines on Child Online Protection  have  been  co-authored by  the  International Telecommunication  Union (ITU) and a  working  group  of contributing authors from  leading  institutions  active in  the  sector  of  information and communication technologies (ICT)  as  well  as  in  child  (online)  protection and rights.  

With the support of:

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