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 Tuesday, October 29, 2013
                                                     
Invitation for a consultation
by ITU and UNICEF on
Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection

The draft Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection have been prepared in the context of the International Telecommunication Union’s Child Online Protection (ITU COP) initiative and apply to the safety of children when using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). They aim to provide advice on how industry can work to help ensure children’s safety when using the internet or any of the many associated technologies or devices which can connect to it or use it, including mobile phones and games consoles. The draft guidelines have been developed through an initial consultation of the ITU COP members and are now open to a broader consultation until 29 November 2013.

The purpose of these Guidelines is to:
- Establish a common reference point and guidance to the ICT and online industries
- Provide guidance to companies on identifying, preventing and mitigating any adverse impacts of their products and services on children’s rights
- Provide guidance to companies on how to promote children’s rights and responsible digital citizenship among children and young people.
- Suggest common principles that, though requiring different models of implementation for different industry players, could potentially form the basis of national or regional pan-industry commitments.

A copy of the draft version of the Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection is available here [PDF] along with a set of questions at the end to facilitate your input and feedback on the draft.

Responses can be sent to the following mailboxes: cop@itu.int and csr@unicef.org. This feedback will provide input for the development of the final Guidelines will be released in January 2014. All feedback will be treated as confidential. An anonymous summary will be provided following the consultation. We appreciate your valuable time and support for the initiative.

For further information, please contact the UNICEF CSR unit on csr@unicef.org (Eija Hietavuo and Amaya Gorostiaga) or the ITU COP on cop@itu.int (Carla Licciardello).

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