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Child Online Protection


Child Online Protection (COP) is a global challenge, and it requires a holistic approach and a global response, international cooperation, and national coordination to protect children from online risks and potential harm and empower them to fully benefit from online opportunities. ​

The Council Working Group on Child Online Protection has defined COP actions which include raising awareness of child online safety issues and assisting and supporting Member States in developing and implementing roadmaps for the COP initiative. Consult resolution 179 for more information.


The COP initiative promotes a holistic approach to child online protection to build safe​,​ gender-sensitive, age-appropriate, inclusive, and ​rights respecting digital environments for children and young people worldwide.

Research and Knowledgement
The COP initiative develops key recommendations and guidance to support all relevant stakeholders in their efforts to create a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people allowing th​em to realize the full range of their rights.

In Country Programming
The COP initiative supports Member States in​ the drafting, adoption and implementati​on of COP National Frameworks and comprehensive strategies that involve all relevant stakeholder groups.  
Click here for more about our global programming


ITU works to protect and empower children online, everywhere. Across five Regions, we support relevant stakeholders to contribute to the protection of children's rights in the digital environment.



ITU COP Guidelines and Recommendations
Read here the ITU Policy Brief: Keeping children safe in the digital environment: The importance of protection and empowerment.​

In light of the growing global challenge of online safety, ITU and partners have reviewed, updated and rewritten the ITU Guidelines on Child online Protection
Visit the dedicated website on the ITU Guidelines on Child online Protection for more details.

POP: Protection through online Participation
PoP is a multistakeholder research project on how children and young people are using the Internet to access support systems, such as a helplines, and provide support themselves through peer support networks.
The research will result in a virtual map identifying support systems used by children and young people and recommendations for all relevant stakeholders on how to create new and improve existing online support systems and ensure that children and young people can access them.

Recommendations on COP in sports 
Today, sports organizations widely use digital tools for purposes of communication, promotion, and education. ITU, Scort and partners joint forces to provide tangible recommendations to support sports organizations aiming to better protect children by integrating online safeguarding policies and aligned opportunities for children's empowerment in the online and sports environment into organizations’ child protection frameworks. More...​


With the kind support of KSA’s National Cybersecurity Authority, ITU and partners are launching a set of online self-paced trainings on COP, geared towards the following target groups: parents, educators, policy-makers, and ICT and industry professionals, as well as children and adolescents (aged 9-12, children aged 13-18).

Click here for more details on the individual courses. 
The trainings will also be accessible on ITU Academy h​ere​
Stay tuned and look out for new trainings coming soon!

Online Safety for Kids and Teens with Sango
Are you interested in online safety? Meet Sango, the ITU child online protection mascot who can give you some ideas on how to stay safe and have fun online! 

Game and App Coming Soon
Have fun and play online, while learning how to stay safe online! 
In Winter 2022-2023, we invite you to a journey helping you to achieve basic knowledge on online safety through our online game and engage in more advanced challenges through our mobile application on online safety for you!


Are you an advocate for Children’s ‘rights online? 
Join us​ and become part of a unique network of experts on children’s rights and ICTs!
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Click here to become a COP partner!