Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection

Second Edition 2016

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This manual contains guidelines for children and young people in all parts of the world on how to keep themselves and others safe online. However, a young internet user of seven years of age is very unlikely to have the same needs or interests as a 12 year old just starting at High School or a 17 year old on the brink of adulthood. At different points in the Guidelines, the advice or recommendations fits these different contexts.




Online technologies present many possibilities to communicate, learn new skills, be creative and contribute to establishing a better society for all, but often they also bring new risks e.g. they can expose children and young people to potential dangers like illegal content, viruses, harassment (e.g. in chat rooms), the misuse of personal data or grooming for sexual purposes. There is no silver bullet solution to protect children and young people online. This is a global issue that requires a global response from all segments of society, including children and young people themselves.


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