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Guidelines for Parents, Guardians and Educators on Child Online Protection

2020 edition

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The Internet offers a wealth of resources for children, but is also a dangerous place for them to venture unaccompanied. These updated ITU guidelines will help navigate risks and challenges.

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The role of parents, carers and guardians can play

Parents need to support the children and young people so that they can benefit from technology safely. They should have a balanced approach and recognise the wide range of benefits that the Internet can provide. Parents may be inclined to focus on the many positive educational/skills benefits that can be gained online but it is important that they also consider and appreciate the social benefits that children may gain - play and exploring personal interest can be key motivators for children to use the Internet. Having an understanding of these may help parents to better engage and support children. In order to ensure that children and young people use Internet sites safely and responsibly, parents, carers, and guardians should be aware of the following:

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