The Child Online Safety Universal Declaration strives to align all relevant stakeholders on the common mission of championing the cause of protection of children online.
Explained : The Child Online Safety Universal Declaration
New Delhi (ABC Live India):The Child Online Safety Universal Declaration : There are more than 2 billion children under the age of 18, with the majority living in the developing countries in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Many children have access to and are being impacted by the Internet. They may also be exploited by its use in unthinkable ways, and their rights violated in an unacceptable manner.
its many benefits, the Internet has been an enabler of abuse and exploitation
all around the globe. Protection of children online is fundamental to creating
a healthy and progressive society, and to achieving the UN Sustainable
Development Goals; in particular goal 16.2 calling for ending all forms of
violence against children.
is equally important that government, the private sector, civil society,
educators, families, parents and caregivers, all play their part.
ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative covers most aspects of child
online safety and together with other international initiatives provides a
blueprint for all of us.
Implementation requires proactive engagement
by all concerned stakeholders and decision makers who must allocate resources,
champion the cause and play an active role in ensuring child online safety.
modes of engagement exist to help protect children online. They require
developing and enabling partnerships with a focus on keeping children safe
online and empowering them for the digital world.
Child Online Safety Universal Declaration strives to align all relevant
stakeholders on the common mission of championing the cause of protection of
IS COMBATING CHILD ABUSE IMPORTANT?
than 30% of all internet users are children and with the expansion of the
broadband it will radically increase 8% of all men and 20% of all women report
having been sexually abused as a child.
BILLION CHILDREN FORMS OF CHILD MALTREATMENT:
year, 1 billion children continue to be exposed to violence and more than 200
million of these children are sexually abused and exploited. This means that
close to 50% of all children are victims of violence, yet unfortunately this
issue remains a hidden global epidemic. Increasingly much of this sexual abuse
takes place online or is captured and digitally distributed. In this case, the
internet is an enabler of abuse and exploitation.
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
We will advocate and assist in setting the
right policy, strategy, operations, technology solutions and implementation
conditions to ensure child online safety.
want to build on the power of digital technologies and leverage on innovative
enablers to improve children’s online experience: what they are exposed to
online; who accesses their information; and how online experience can be made
more meaningful for children and their caregivers.
recognize that successfully implementing any given strategy requires
collaboration and cooperation among different actors.
measurable multi-stakeholder engagement is a function of multiple factors and
one-size-fits-all approach will not work. Part of the purpose of this
Declaration is to trigger a cultural change and shift in mindsets within a
clear legal framework, necessary for addressing child online protection among
all the stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
WAYS OF WORKING
In being able to deliver on the above
commitment, the Broadband Commission Working Group and the network of NGOs
leading on online child protection like
Alliance, Child Dignity Alliance, End Violence Global Partnership and others
may help support all signatories of this Declaration to monitor progress
alongside the Broadband Commission, the government bodies, the private sector,
and other stakeholders. All stakeholders should promote the multi-stakeholder
approach set out in this Declaration, the ITU COP Guidelines and the Working
OF THIS DECLARATION
Child Online Safety Universal Declaration is intended to affirm our collective
commitment to protect children as they access the Internet, and to work
together to ensure that we exercise our responsibility of educating children
across all tiers and lifestyles for the digital future ahead of them. To achieve
our goal we should:
Utilize available and develop new innovative
technologies to block child sexual abuse material and prevent networks and
services, as well as the internal IT environment from being used by offenders
to commit violations against children.
digital services that best meet the needs of children while equipping them to
protect themselves online.
across policy, regulatory, the private sector, law enforcement, and national
security circles to minimize the risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation of
children online. PROTECT Children’s privacy, security and safety.
policies, approaches, mindsets, technology tools, and any medium that knowingly
or unknowingly hinder the cause of protecting children, building upon
internationally recognized legal recommendations.
broadband commission invites all private and public sector entities, and
non-governmental organizations to sign this declaration and demonstrate their
commitment to collaborate in their actions to ensure that all children can be
signatory, based on their respective role and mandate, commits to:
the private and public sector entities, academic institutions, civil society,
and subject matter experts, as partners in stimulating child online safety that
is appropriate for the local context.
and arrive at cooperative modes of engagement which are relevant to specific
contextual factors affecting child rights. These include awareness campaigns
against child labour or child trafficking or other known issues that catalyze
exploitation of, or violence against, children. PROMOTE
that we actively promote child online safety, in order to accelerate policy
changes and prioritization across public and private sectors. This will
demonstrate the priority that private sector is giving to protecting children
and supporting their parents, family and caregivers through the duty they face
in today’s digitally complex society.
addition to these five core commitments, each signatory will:
Support child-friendly digital services, and cyber security measures to protect
systems and platforms used by children.
• Utilize tools and platforms available to
ensure that digital innovations support public good.
Take leadership and proactively promote the cause of child online safety,
through innovative approaches for a healthier digital future of society and
sanctions to offenders.
Collaborate with other stakeholders across sectors and industry segments and
foster knowledge as well as expertise on addressing the child online safety.
• Support educational campaigns and school
courses to train children for online safety.
Make measurable progress toward the establishment and strengthening of hotlines
and helplines to make sure that all children have access to help when they need
it (as a victim or with sexual problem behaviour). In agreement with this
Declaration, after having considered the scope of work, principles, and
commitments, based on their organization’s role and mandate, the following
representatives have affirmed their respective entity’s commitment to the cause
of child online safety and joined the movement.