Information and Communication Technologies – or ICTs – have
transformed modern lifestyles. They’ve provided us with:
borderless and almost unlimited access to information and
a wide range of innovative services
At the same time, they have also created new opportunities for
exploitation and abuse.
At ITU we are working hard to forge partnerships and support projects whose goal
is create a safe and secure cyberenvironment for everyone.
We believe that we have a special responsibility to ensure the safety and
security of our young people, for they are our future. That is why we have
launched this Child Online Protection Initiative.
Without proper safeguards, children – among the heaviest users of the Internet –
are at risk of coming across violent, sexual and other disturbing images.
Without proper legislation and enforcement, children are at risk from
intimidation, exploitation and abuse from people who have no scruples about
taking advantage of them. Without proper dedication to creating a safe
cyberenvironment, we will fail our children.
It is a myth – and a dangerous one – to believe that what happens in the virtual
world only has a limited impact on the physical world.
The online world respects neither boundaries nor border. That is why we must
cooperate globally. There are many excellent initiatives out there for the
protection and well-being of children online. Our aim is to:
Cybersecurity is one of the most critical concerns of the information age. It
forms the cornerstone of a healthy, connected world. If we make it strong, our
economies, our societies and our children will thrive. If we neglect it, we have
only ourselves to blame.
I invite you to take part in this important initiative and I look forward to
working together with you to make the world – both online and off – a safer
place to be.