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ITU's Child Online Protection Mascot
Hi there, I am Sangophone, but you can call me Sango! I am ITU’s child online protection mascot. I was created by an energetic and motivated group of children and I am here to support you with some tips on how to stay safe online, while you are using your computers, phones, tablets, consoles and any other online device you might have.
Say tuned, stay safe and have fun online!
You should feel empowered to exercise your rights online!
Remember: the Internet is a beautiful opportunity for you to learn and thrive but you need to know a few things first and be aware of your rights to fully enjoy your activities. I am here to help!
Read my story...
Read my story
Hello, my name is Sangophone, but you can call me Sango.
I am a Japanese phone. I live in Tokyo in a family of three children – brothers Kiko, who is 4, and Yoko, who is 10, and their big sister Kim, who is 15.
As my use exposes them to all kinds of risks, I decided to be a revolutionary phone that alerts them and helps them fight against the dangers of the internet. And, believe me, I have my work cut out for me every day!
There are many different risks, depending on the age of the children. For example, Kiko watches videos on unsafe web pages, Yoko plays games that do not correspond to his age, and Kim shares photos of herself on social media…
So I thought of several ways to warn them about the risks and protect them from bad online habits.
For example, as soon as I am in little Kiko’s hands, I activate the parental control to block all sites that could potentially be unsuitable for his age. I also set my timer to go off after 15 minutes, because too much time online isn’t fun.
When 8-year old Yoko plays online games, I only allow access to those that are age-appropriate, so that he is does not see things that he feels uncomfortable or unsafe with. I also ensure Yoko uses pre-registered IDs that do not give any information about his real identity, and I display an alert message that reminds him to always be cautious of the people he plays with online, because one cannot be certain of their true identity. Finally, when his connection lasts too long, I don’t hesitate to put myself on standby to remind him that it would be nice to go out and play with his friends offline.
As for Kim, I make sure she takes more care on social media platforms. Once I blocked a photo that a classmate posted of her, which could have been hurting for her, because the comments were not very nice. Sometimes I ask her if she is really sure that she wants to post the picture that she just took of herself. Does she really want everyone to see? She now understands that posting something online, is like wearing it on your shirt, showing it to your parents, grandparents or teachers. This is why now she thinks twice before posting something online.
Finally, for all three children, I put my at-sign headband on my camera to prevent any intrusion into their private life and that of their family!
This is how I fight to help my friends!
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Online Safety Episodes with Sango for Kids
Learn more on Online Safety with Sango - an online course for kids, developed in partnership with ENI and Deloitte.
From July onwards, follow our monthly episodes and exciting additional material for you to learn how to stay safe online!
Hi kids! My name is Sangophone, but you can call me Sango, and I am the ITU’s child online protection mascot.
The online world is a fun place to play and learn!
But when you’re online, you also need to be careful of some risks and potential harms for you. My mission is to help you learn how to stay safe online, so you can enjoy everything the online world has to offer all while being safe.
Follow me on my journey, as I show you step by step how to stay safe online! Every month, I will be releasing a new episode for the Online Safety Course with Sango. See if you can participate in all five classes!
Let’s have fun whilst learning how to stay safe online!
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The workbook, for children aged 9-12 years old, contains educational
activities, which you can complete to learn about your rights online, and also risks to your safety online.
Be supported by an educator!
The storybook, for children under 9, presents six scenarios with questions for you to think about and answer. Learn about your rights and safety online!
How about a game to see how much you know about staying safe online?
Print the Sango Play Cards and start having fun with your friends!
The Guidelines help you learn how to manage risks online, while empowering you to exercise your rights online and engage in opportunities that the Internet offers.
The COP Guidelines for children for three different age groups:
1. Online with Sango – a storybook for children under 9 years old
2. Work with Sango – a workbook for children age 9-12 and
3. The Net rules challenge – a social media campaign related to this website for young people age 13-18 years
Try out our interactive versions of the COP Guidelines for children and young people and test your knowledge,
get challenged and learn more about your child rights online!
Hear Amanda Third
Professorial Research Fellow, Western Sydney University, and Olivia Solari, Legal Officer at Child Rights Connect, giving you an overview of the new 2020 COP Guidelines for Children. ITU released the re-thought and re-written Guidelines on Child Online Protection in June 2020.