Guidelines on Child Online Protection
About Child Online Protection
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 Child Online Protection 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.
Child Online Protection 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 Child Online Protection 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 Child Online Protection Guidelines are dedicated to each of these key players.
Targeting children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers, the Child Online Protection 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.
the Child Online Protection mascot
Sango was created by an energetic group of children to support children 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.
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