Child Online Protection Guidelines in Africa was launched on Friday, 30 October 2020.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched the guidelines following a training program from 26 to 29 October 2020.
The training was held online, in French and English and meant to equip experts in the field of child online protection with the requisite tools in relation to the guidelines.
The 2020 Guidelines on child online protection are aligned with Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030.
The launch of the guidelines will help facilitate their promotion, adaptation and contex?tualization at national and regional& level.?
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— Child Online Africa (@COnlineAfrica) October 30, 2020
The ITU said “children and young people are often at the forefront of adoption and adaptation to new connected technologies and the opportunities and benefits they bring.”
It adds that children “are also exposed to a range of content, contacts and threats and harm online.”
The ITU said “helping children and young people manage risks online can be effective, but governments also need to ensure that there are adequate support services for those who experience harm online and those children k?now how to access t?he?se services.”
The new guidelines, as well as the documents relating to their launch, practical information and other relevant documents are available on this website.