Protection of most vulnerable children online

22 October 2013 - A Workshop on Bali,Indonesia


Proposed title: Protect children, especially the most vulnerable of them, from dangers of the Internet: The need for child online protection framework for developing countries.

The University of Gezira, Sudan (newcomer, pre-proposal 47) and TaC-Together against Cybercrime International (pre-proposal 262) partnered to organise a common workshop during the IGF 2013 on the subject of child online protection, including the most vulnerable children, and focus on specifics and needs in the developing countries.

Children are the most beautiful thing we possess. Adults must support and guard them against threats. We should assist our children and Youth to see the future and hope of the present.

Young people and children are frequent users of ICTs and the Internet; therefore they need to be aware and should be kept informed about online risks and responsibilities. Promoting a common cybersecurity culture is essential in order to prevent online risks, protect children and, thus, permit them to obtain the maximum benefit that the Internet offers.

It is important to underline the need to pay particular attention to vulnerable children and Youth often absent from current studies or research analysis, as they are considered difficult to reach due to different reasons. Vulnerable children and Youth are often considered to be a target group difficult to approach; however, they represent an important group of Internet users.

Today, in a number of developing countries, the subject of child online protection is not enough approached and is characterized by particular specifics and needs. This workshop proposes to discuss these particularities and to exchange experiences with experts and participants from developing and developed countries of the world.

 The concrete issues to be discussed are:

1) The most effective ways to protect children from online threats, including sexual harassment and sites of violent nature with the focus on needs and specificities in the developing world.

2) New topics to attract the attention of children for the betterment of education and innovation and make the Internet a friend of children.

3) The need to pay particular attention to the protection of vulnerable children online, their specific needs online, exchange of worldwide existing solutions and initiatives.

4) The need to develop a proactive plan as protecting children on the Internet isn’t just about installing a content filter and calling it a day. How to develop an effective child online protection framework for the developing countries?