Press Release: Child Online Protection taken to new level

President of Costa Rica and ITU Secretary-General announce action phase for initiative

Geneva, 17 November 2010 – A new phase of concrete activities for ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative will encourage the development of national COP centres, awareness campaigns and community forums to create a safe environment for young users of the Internet. The COP Global Initiative was announced today by the Patron of COP, HE Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica and ITU Secretary- General, Hamadoun Touré at a ceremony in San Jose, Costa Rica. It will provide a framework for coordinating existing global efforts and implementing a series of safety training and prevention activities.

The COP Global Initiative will build on Guidelines developed by ITU and partners from industry, civil society, governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders. The announcement will see COP shift from the production of these guidelines to the development of industry codes of conduct; the establishment of national hotlines; the development of national roadmaps and legislative toolkits; training for parents, guardians and educators and harnessing the power of multistakeholder collaboration through resources such as an online platform for sharing advice and information.

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