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About our SID activities

A COP Kids side event was held on 9 January 2020 within the context of the Futurecasters Summit. The event gave younger children the opportunity to meet, debate and negotiate around the topic of Child Online Protection. More than 80 kids, aged 8-13 years old, from different schools in France and Morocco, discussed online safety issues.
During the first part of the day, the groups debated four stories of four potential COP mascots. The original draft had been developed by the children themselves beforehand at the school level. During the event, the kids had the possibility to negotiate and vote for one of the mascots and the corresponding story to become the new incorporation of the COP initiative.
During the second part of the day, the kids heard more about the opportunities that the digital world offers, all by learning how to stay safe online. The workshops were organised by three different partners: Action Innocence, ICON and TikTok and focused on different issues, such as data protection, privacy, online bullying, harassment and violent or other harmful content, among others.
The new COP mascot will be launched on Safer Internet Day 2020 on 11 February 2020. Member States and all relevant stakeholders are encouraged to promote and use the COP mascot.

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

According to Resolution 179, ITU in collaboration with COP initiative partners and COP partners have been instructed to update the four sets of guidelines taking into consideration two main aspects: Technology developments in the telecommunication industry, and Children and young people with disabilities and with special needs. The new revised set of guidelines will be built on these principles.

About us

Protecting children online is a global challenge, which requires a global approach. While many efforts to improve child online protection are already under way, their reach has been more national than global.
ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative in November 2008 as a multi-stakeholder effort within the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) framework. The initiative brings together partners from all sectors of the global community to create a safe and empowering online experience for children around the world. COP was presented to the ITU Council in 2008 and endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, Heads of State, Ministers and heads of international organisations from around the world.
The key objectives of COP are:
  • Identify risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace.
  • Create awareness.
  • Develop practical tools to help minimise risks.
  • Share knowledge and experience.

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