Guidelines for Policy Makers on Child Online Protection

2020 edition

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In addition to responding to new developments in digital technologies and platforms, this new edition addresses an important lacuna: the situation faced by children with disabilities, for whom the online world offers a particularly crucial lifeline to full – and fulfilling – social participation. Consideration of the special needs of migrant children and other vulnerable groups has also been included.



Document overview

National governments have an obligation to provide for the protection of children in both the physical and virtual worlds. In an important sense, because the new technologies are now so thoroughly integrated into the lives of so many children and young people in a number of important ways, it no longer makes sense to try to maintain rigid distinctions between real world events and online events. The two are increasingly intertwined and interdependent.


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