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SEC.4 : Best practices for cybersecurity: What should governments be doing for protecting children online?
Wednesday, 07 October 2009, 14:00 - 16:00, Room E

The expansion of the Internet has included and often been led by younger users, sometimes with little, if any, parental oversight or guidance on the dangers of cyberspace. In some developed countries, children get their first mobile phone at eight years of age or younger, allowing them in many cases uncontrolled access not only to text and picture messaging but also to the Internet. The widespread availability of inexpensive web cams and the integration of higher definition cameras into mobile phones or other handheld devices have compounded the dangers or created new ones e.g. the practice of "sexting"; sending sexual images between children, which can be manipulated or intercepted or are posted on websites. Bullying, the indiscriminate use of "chat rooms" on-line, access to age-inappropriate content and exposure to sexual predators are among the better known and more worrying problems which have come in the wake of the emergence of the Internet into the mass consumer market.
KEY QUESTIONS: - What should government be doing to help make these technologies safer for children? What can governments do to increase children's awareness of the issues, and how can they help children keep themselves safe? What role can governments play in reaching out to parents, guardians and educators to help them help their children? What can be done to improve the tracking and prosecution of pedophiles or to keep them away from sites which children use? Is there a role for child-friendly safe zones and should governments be involved in constructing them? What other threats are children facing on-line?

* Mr John Carr, Secretary, Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, United Kingdom

* Her Excellency Mrs Jasna Matic, Minister, Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society, Serbia
* Mr Tan Sri Khalid Ramli, Chairman, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Malaysia
* Ms Nenita La Rose, Executive Director, Child Helpline International, Netherlands
* Dr Rachel O Connell, Chief Security Officer, Bebo, United Kingdom
* Ms Natasha Jackson, Head of Content Policy, GSM Association, United Kingdom
* Mr Dieter Carstensen, Chairman of the Board, eNACSO and Project Manager, Save the Children Denmark, Denmark