The COP Guidelines for policy-makers offer national governments and policy-makers a user-friendly and flexible framework that supports the development of targeted and effective measures for child online protection at the national level.
The Guidelines for policy-makers on Child Online Protection aim at supporting the creation of a safe and empowering online environment for children.
Policy-makers play a key role in ensuring children’s safety and well-being online and offline.
Child online protection is a global challenge and requires a global approach based on harmonized and inclusive national strategies on COP.
The Guidelines for policy-makers propose concrete recommendations on how to develop a national strategy on COP, provided with tools to identify key stakeholders to engage with, coordination efforts and alignment with existing national frameworks and strategy plans.
Aiming at the development of better-targeted measures and more efficient actions on COP, the framework and recommendations provided here serve as a solid foundation on which to develop inclusive, multi-stakeholder national strategies, including through open consultations and dialogues with children.
Defining key risks and harms for children online, including privacy issues, cyberbullying, grooming and sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA), the Guidelines further dedicate special attention to the impact of new and emerging technologies on children.
In addition, while addressing the importance of the situation faced by children with disabilities, for whom the online world offers a particularly crucial lifeline to full – and fulfilling – social participation; the consideration of the special needs of migrant children and other vulnerable groups has also been included.
Hear David Wright
Director of the UK Safer Internet Centres, giving you an overview of the new 2020 COP Guidelines for policy-makers. ITU released the re-thought and re-written Guidelines on Child Online Protection in June 2020.
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