This report is the result of a team effort by Sokol Haxiu and Alexandra Vasile.
If there is one thought that we took away from all the workshops and
sessions dedicated to child safety online, it is this: development of
computing increases the dangers for children and It's never too early
to start taking active steps in order to prevent possible harm to
children on the Web
The representatives from different countries presented the approaches
followed by their countries regarding the child protection online.
Child safety online and its implications for national government,
private companies and other organizations. They hilighted the fact that
today's challenges regarding child safety are not the same problems
that we we were facing a couple of years ago, since the various media
used by children is constantly changing.
Key issues that were discussed:
- taking pro-active measures to protect children online
- Expansion of social networking
- Introducing legislation that uses a clear definition of what constitutes child
pornography (especially in African countries, where such legislation is
Basically, the main conclusion reached during the sessions was that online child
safety is not anymore about technology but it's about policy at
national level and human intervention. At the same time, there was a
definite focus on putting forward the idea that not only parents and
educators need to supervise children in order to ensure that they are
safe from harmful activities online, but children should also play an
active role. They need to learn how to behave like responsible citizens
online as well, so that they can ultimately reach the correct decisions
on ther own about what constitues risky behavior online. In other
words, as opposed to previous years where the debates portrayed the
children as somewhat passive actors in the process, the children's
development as responsible Internet users is brought into discussion.
If you wish to explore the topic of child safety online more, you can check out these links:
http://blog.safetyclicks.com/is a blog that covers various aspects related to protecting children
online, as well as guides designed specifically for children and parents
http://www.fosi.org/resources.htmlThe website offers a wealth of information and resources that cater to
educators, researchers and parents, with the purpose of helping
individuals make the Internet a safer place for children
If you are intersted in reading about the workshops dedicated to child
safety online during the 2010 IGF, you should also check out the
individual blog posts on the diplointernetgovernance.org website!