Welcome to the ITU Global Programme on Child Online Protection.
The rapid developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have increased the opportunities children have access to online, as well as the risks they are presented with.
We aim to implement the Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines in all ITU Regions. This will be done through one global project and different satellite projects. The Global Project was developed in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is part of a strategic partnership, which was launched in December 2020 to "Create a Safe and Prosperous Cyberspace for Children".
The global programme will foster innovative policies, ensure upgrading of skills, promote global dialogue and strengthen global efforts to implement the ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines, launched in June 2020.
The COP Guidelines are the product of the collaborative effort of 80 experts, from different sectors, including government stakeholders, international organisations, NGOs, academia, and the private sector.
The implementation of the 2020 COP Guidelines aim to co-ordinate a global effort in ensuring that the rights of children online are being respected in all parts of the world.
Learn more about our efforts to better protect and empower children online and join us on our journey.
Get an overview of our implementation programme of the Child Online Protection Guidelines.
For more details, have a look at our Project Flyer (as PDF) to discover more about the activities to implement the Child Online Protection Guidelines and how you can contribute to the project.
The concept note provides details about our efforts to support all relevant stakeholder groups in their efforts to better protect and empower children online, everywhere. You can download it here.
Join us and become a COP partner!
ITU works to protect and empower children online, everywhere. Across five Regions, we support relevant stakeholder to contribute to the protection of children’s rights in the digital environment.
In order to create effective and targeted measures, ITU has been working in partnerships since the creation of the COP initiative in 2009. Partnerships are essential to reach all target groups on the broad range of stakeholders relevant to child online protection. Our partners include governments, United Nations (UN) agencies, international nongovernmental organizations, academia, the private sector and other multilateral organizations. Together, we advocate for child online protection and empowerment, we support countries to develop adequate frameworks, and build capacity on child rights in the digital environment.
The COP initiative is open to new strategic partnerships to join forced for children online.
If you are interested in being a potential partner on the implementation of the COP Guidelines, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Timeline and Milestone: Global Programme
Programme kick off and satellite projects in the six ITU regions.
Awareness raising and campaigning on COP.
Capacity building programmes for government stakeholders.
Adoption of national strategies and related frameworks on COP.
Validation of national implementation plans.
Creation of national Child Taskforces.
Newly established cooperative actions and channels.
Release of a game and an app for children.
Release of face-to-face training programmes for children.
Release of Train the Trainers programme for ICT professionals, social workers and representatives of the education sector.
E-learning trainings for different target groups.
Development of 10 global principles
Work Stream 1:
Cyber Skills Development on Child Online Protection
The implementation of the 2020 COP Guidelines aim to develop digital literacy skills related to child online protection on a global scale. Few countries worldwide have official resources, education and capacity building programmes on the topic that are accessible to all relevant stakeholders. However, in order to develop effective measures on child online protection, all relevant stakeholders including children, need to be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to become digitally literate and resilient.
ITU and partners support the development of tools and programmes to educate and empower a generation of children and young people, parents, carers and educators about the risks, potential harms and opportunities that the online environment offers, encouraging them to take action on child online protection.
Online Safety Course with Sango
ITU, in partnership with ENI and Deloitte, is happy to present our Online Safety Course with Sango. Follow Sangophone, short Sango, the ITU child online protection mascot, through five different video lessons as he explores the world of child online safety!
This course were designed with children and their needs at the forefront and cover various topics, touching on the most pressing issues children face today in the digital world. They are designed to equip children with the knowledge they need to feel empowered about their rights and responsibilities when they are online. The course was created in a child-friendly manner and is accessible in all six official UN languages, making each topic an easily accessible tool for many.
Read all about the course and it's creating project on the MyITU News here.
With one episode of the Online Safety Course with Sango per month starting from July 2021, each release will be composed of a video lesson for children and an accompanying power point for adults, explaining the content of the video lesson.
After season one of the Online Safety with Sango course, updated will follow on the release of phase two of the Online Safety Course with Sango, a consecutive training for children and young people on their rights online.
In partnership with the National Cybersecurity Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ITU and partners launch a set of online self-paced trainings on COP, geared towards the following target groups:
parents, educators, policy-makers, and ICT industry professionals, and children themselves (aged 9-12, and 13-18).
The first two trainings for parents, carers and educators are accessible now on the ITU Academy here.
Read more about each course below and
Stay tuned looking out for new trainings coming soon!
This course is designed to create awareness among parents, guardians and caregivers about various child online engagements, their risks and benefits and help you to create a safer and more beneficial online family experience for your child at home.
understand the importance of awareness about children's online engagements;
recognize children's rights on the Internet;
be aware of online risks and harm associated with the internet, and children's reactions to being exposed to them;
know how to create safe environments for children;
be familiar with the ways to help children at risk, offer your support to those harmed, and useful resources.
This course is designed to educate parents/caregivers/guardians on their role as social support in helping their children who might have encountered online harm.
be able to recognize signs of child online exploitation;
know to avoid victimizing children who were sexually exploited;
understand the types of online risks and harm associated with the internet, and how children will react to such situations;
be able to perform immediate actions to help children subjected to online violence;
be familiar with the resources for further advice and support.
This course is designed to create awareness among educators, teachers, youth workers, and youth organizations on the protection and rights of children online. The course is aimed to help educators create a safer online school experience for their students.
understand online circumstances that can put children at risk of being harmed;
Identify risks for children while they explore the online world such as mis/disinformation, cyberbullying, online radicalization, screen time, and inappropriate content;
know which safety measures should be implemented at school and classroom levels to mitigate online risks;
know how to properly respond and report if children were harmed online;
be familiar with additional resources to get further support;
This course is designed to help educators better understand the risks related to Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (further - OCSEA), and how the educational environments can be used to prevent children from harm associated with OCSEA.
understand the role of educators in child online protection;
be familiar with the 4C's classification of online risks;
be able to identify different types of OCSEA and understand how they happen;
know how to respond to the harmful online incidents and report them;
Child Online Protection for Policymakers coming soon
Child Online Protection for ICT Industry coming soon
Child Online Protection for Children and Adolescents coming soon
Work Stream 2:
Child Online Protection Policy Support
The implementation of the 2020 COP Guidelines aims to aid member states in developing child online protection strategies, policies, legislations and regulations based on internationally recognised recommendations. Few countries worldwide have sufficient child online protection policies to ensure a holistic framework for child online safety.
ITU supports member states in developing effective policies and frameworks based on the 2020 COP Guidelines, coordinating an international response to the risks children face online through policy creation and implementation.
2020 saw the official launch of the COP Guidelines within the six different regions represented by the UN: the Americas, Africa, the CIS region, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab region, and Europe. The launching events saw the release of the COP Guidelines in the six UN working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. At the events, different stakeholders shared best practices and implementation plans of the COP Guidelines.
The 2020 COP Guidelines are a tool which can be implemented at the international level, acting as a blueprint which can be adapted in a way this is constituent with national or local customs and laws.
View the infographics on the status quo of child online protection at the global and regional level in selected national contexts.