The explosion of information and communication technology has created unprecedented opportunities for children and young people
to communicate, connect, share, learn, access information and express their opinions on matters that affect their lives and their communities. But wider and more easily available access to the Internet and mobile technology also poses significant challenges to children’s safety – both online and offline.
To reduce the risks of the digital revolution while enabling more children and young people to reap its benefits, governments, civil society,
local communities, international organizations and the private sector must come together in common purpose.
The technology industry has a critical role to play in establishing the foundations for safer and more secure use of Internet-based services and other technologies – for today’s children and future generations. Businesses must put protecting children at the heart of their work, paying special attention to protecting the privacy of young users’ personal data, preserving their right to freedom of expression,and putting systems in place to address violations of children’s rights when they occur. Where domestic laws have not yet caught up with international law, business has an opportunity – and the responsibility – to bring their business practices in line with those standards. These new Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection provide a framework for the increasingly broad range of companies that develop, provide or make use of information and communication technologies in the delivery of their products and services. Such companies are especially well positioned to drive innovative solutions, creating digital platforms that can expand educational opportunities and enable children and young people both to engage in the civic life of their communities to become truly global citizens.
Local and national initiatives are critical, and we look forward to collaborating on complementary guidelines for governments that address
the formulation, implementation, management and monitoring of Country Action Plans to strengthen child online protection.
The Internet knows no boundaries, and our efforts to protect children must be ambitious and far-ranging.
We are grateful to our partners in the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative and other organizations participating in the open consultation process for their invaluable support in developing these guidelines. We look forward to working with our partners in every sector to make child online protection a priority. And we hope these new Child Online Protection Guidelines will help create a safer and more secure world for all.
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