ITU - International Telecommunication Union

Last updated: 2021-01-12

About our SID activities

According to Resolution 179, ITU in collaboration with COP initiative partners and COP partners have reviewed, rewritten and rethought the four sets of the ITU Child Online Protection Guidelines for children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers, taking into consideration two main aspects: Technology developments in the telecommunication industry, and Children and young people with disabilities and with special needs. Children themselves participated in the review process alongside more than 50 organisations, experts in the field of ICTs (information and communication technologies) and child rights.
The ITU Guidelines on Child Online Protection are a comprehensive set of recommendations for all relevant stakeholders on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people.
The new Guidelines for children, for example, are adapted to different age groups and have been developed in a child-friendly format (a storybook for children under 9 years old, a workbook for children age 9-12 and a social media campaign for young people age 13-18 years). Helping children to learn how to manage risks online, while empowering them to exercise their rights online and offline, they support children to engage in opportunities that the internet offers.
The Guidelines were launched at the global level in June 2020 in a high-level event that was followed by regional dialogues on the four sets.

What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

Based on ITU’s mandate as the UN implementing agency to promote and to offer technical assistance in the field of telecommunications and to promote the mobilisation of the material, human and financial resources needed, as well as access to information; ITU, the Child Online Protection Initiative and partners will implement the 2020 COP Guidelines at the national level starting in 2021, working with governments, industry, civil society, the educational sector and children and their families themselves to work together for a better internet for all.
More exciting things will happen featuring Sango, our Child Online Protection mascot soon! Check out the ITU COP website and stay tuned.

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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