About the Child Online Protection Initiative
Protecting children online is a global challenge, which requires a global approach. While many efforts to improve child online protection are already under way, their reach has been more national than global.
ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative in November 2008 as a multi-stakeholder effort within the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) framework. The initiative brings together partners from all sectors of the global community to create a safe and empowering online experience for children around the world. COP was presented to the ITU Council in 2008 and endorsed by the UN Secretary-General, Heads of State, Ministers and heads of international organizations from around the world.
COP takes a holistic approach to promoting child online safety, developing strategies that span five key areas:
- Legal measures
- Technical and Procedural Measures
- Organizational Structures
- Capacity Building
- International Cooperation
The initiative works with partners to develop cybersecurity strategies across these areas and promote safe online environments for children around the world.