The COP Guidelines for industry aim at establishing the foundation for safer and more secure use of Internet-based services and associated technologies for today’s children and future generations.
They provide a useful, flexible and user-friendly framework to set the context of a business vision and responsibility for the protection of their child users at the same time.
The Guidelines for industry on Child Online Protection focus on protecting children in all areas and against all risks of the digital world and as such, highlight good practice of industry stakeholders that can be considered in the process of drafting, developing and managing businesses child online protection policies and measures.
As a toolbox, these guidelines also aim at enhancing business success by helping large and small operations and stakeholders to develop and maintain an attractive and sustainable business model, while understanding the legal and moral responsibilities towards children and society.
The Guidelines for industry dedicate additional attention the special situation children living with disabilities and highlight key areas for protecting and promoting children’s rights such as
integrating child rights considerations into all appropriate corporate policies and management processes,
developing standard processes to handle child sexual abuse material (CSAM),
creating a safer and age-appropriate online environment,
educating children, carers and educators about children’s safety and the responsible use of ICTs and promoting digital technology as a mode for increasing civic engagement.
By proposing general recommendations for all related industry as well as feature-specific checklists in order to reflect the current landscape of ICT related industries, the guidelines aim at providing a large spectrum of concrete steps that can be taken with regard to all services related to the digital environment.
The guidelines include recommendations for online services that provide connectivity data storage and hosting services, features that offer curated digital content, host user-generated content and connect users, as well as AI-driven systems.
Highlighting different types of ICT companies:
Internet Service providers
Social Network, messaging and gaming platforms
Hardware and software manufacturers,
Companies providing digital media (content creators/providing access to or hosting content)
Companies providing streaming services
Companies offering digital file storage services, cloud based service providers
An example on how the ITU COP Guidelines can be delivered in practice – through an interactive learning resource designed to help children aged between 5 and 16 to develop the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the online world in a safer and more enjoyable way.
Hear Anjan Bose
UNICEF, Child Protection Specialist for violence prevention and online protection, at UNICEF, giving you an overview of the new 2020 COP Guidelines for industry. ITU released the re-thought and re-written Guidelines on Child Online Protection in June 2020