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.




In 2019, more than half of the world’s population used the Internet. The largest group of users are those aged under 44, with use equally high among 16 to 24-year-olds and 35 to 44-year-olds. At the global level, one in three children use the Internet (0-18 years). In developing countries, children and young people are leading Internet usage, and it is estimated that over the next five years, this population will more than double. New generations are growing up with the Internet and most are connecting with mobile network technology, especially in the global south.


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