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About our SID activities

We celebrate this year's Safer Internet Day by introducing a new report we commissioned, where children with disabilities reveal their experiences in the digital environment. We found that the digital environment can indeed be an ‘enabler' and ‘equaliser' for children with disabilities, providing them with additional opportunities to access information, to communicate, learn and play. The children interviewed nevertheless also pointed to the challenges they face and the report sets out recommendations to states, digital industry, health services and academic institutions on how to ensure safe access to the digital environment. Thanks to these children's views, we'll be working on how our member states can fully involve children with disabilities in the design and delivery of policies that impact their usage of the digital environment.

What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

We are strongly committed to fighting sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children online, through the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) and bilateral and regional projects. States signing up to this Convention commit to criminalise the actions of adults who use the internet in order to arrange a meeting and engage in sexual activity with a child. The Convention also criminalises all actions related to the exploitation of children through pornography, including the fact of knowingly accessing online child abuse material.
Parents and carers can find useful information in the guide "Parenting in the Digital Age" (accompanied by six video tutorials) targeting five online risks of a sexual nature ("sextortion", "sexting", sex-chatting, grooming and sexualised images used in revenge - "revenge porn").
Families, educators, policy makers and young people themselves can take advantage of the multitude of tips and practical advice set out in the "Internet Literacy Handbook" helping them to navigate securely in, and seize the opportunities of the complex online world and of the Digital Citizenship Education Project.

Council of Europe - Internet Literacy Handbook

Younger children can learn the basic internet safety rules and become digital citizens with the online game "Through the Wild Web Woods" and its accompanying Teachers' Manual, both of which are available in almost all European languages. A brand new app for children on using the internet will be made available for download on phones and tablets in 2020: you can get a sneak peek here.
The Council of Europe "Guide on human rights for internet users" sets out what human rights and freedoms mean in practice in the context of the internet, including for children and young people.

About us

The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. The Council of Europe protects the human rights of children in the digital environment by mainstreaming children's rights into all aspects of its work, and by ensuring that a range of priority actions are implemented in order to ensure the participation and protection of children in the digital environment as well as by making provision for children's rights in the digital environment in its 47 member states and beyond.
Children's rights in the digital environment are one of the five priority areas of the Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021). The Council of Europe aims to empower all children and young people in becoming active digital citizens, so that they can participate safely, effectively, critically and responsibly in a world filled with social media and digital technologies. To further the rights of children in the digital world, policy guidelines for member states to respect, protect and fulfil children's rights in the digital environment were published. Given the particular challenges that children with disabilities face in the digital environment, the Council of Europe has also launched a participatory research project to analyse their views and experiences on the internet.

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