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Roll Out of the Global Child Online Protection Project in Albania

To ensure the creation of a safe and empowering environment for all children and young people, ITU firstly developed the Guidelines for Child Online Protection (COP) in 2009. Upon the request of the Member States, the COP Guidelines have been updated and launched officially in June 2020 in all six UN Official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian Spanish).

This updated set of materials aims to raise awareness on the scope of child online protection, while providing resources and actual tools that support children, parents and educators in the development of digital skills and digital literacy, as well as industry and government stakeholders in the development of corporate and national COP policies and strategies.

In collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ITU developed the Global Project on Child Online Protection to Create a Safe and Prosperous Cyberspace for Children, as part of a strategic partnership launched in December 2020. The Global Project aims to implement the 2020 ITU COP Guidelines through two workstreams: digital skills development and policy support.

For more details, access the ITU dedicated webpage, or check the Project Concept ​​Note (as PDF)

The National Authority on Electronic Certification and Cybersecurity (NAECCS) of Albania raised the hand to become the first pilot country worldwide for the ITU Global Project. The roll-out of the project started in September 2021 and is planned to last until March 2023. Within this context, ITU is supporting NAECCS in rolling-out the COP Guidelines at the national level through a series of trainings, workshops, knowledge products and awareness raising campaign targeting all relevant stakeholders.

This page draws attention to the efforts made jointly by stakeholders across all relevant sectors to ensure digital safety in the online environment for children and young people in Albania, and represents a repository of all activities developed and implemented within the scope of the Global Project, with the aim of acting as a framework of reference to be replicated by other countries of the Europe Region which would be interested to become a beneficiary country for COP implementation funded by the Global Project. 

The Albanian version of the ITU COP Guidelines was launched during the session "National policies to increase child online safety", held within the International Safer Internet Day on the 9th of February 2021, and organized by the National Authority for Electronic Certification and Cyber Security (NAECCS) of Albania and co-organized by ITU.​


Workstream 1: Digital skills development

Promotional videos targeting children and the youth, parents and educators and industry stakeholders nationally, aiming to raise awareness of the main threats that children might face online, to educate, empower and advice children, parents and educators and Industry stakeholders on how to identify and mitigate those risks, and create a safe cyberspace both at home and at school.


Flyer with targeted and informative knowledge with key concepts from Child Online Protection Guidelines. The aim of the flyer is to raise awareness nationally on the availability of COP Guidelines translated into national language.


UNIFIED MESSAGE targeting Industry operators and aiming to harmonize policies and regulations towards COP across the country.


Social media campaign promoting the project through dissemination of awareness raising materials, aiming to ensure broad population coverage.


Face-to-face and online workshops targeting children and the youth, and Train-the-trainer modules for parents and educators, aiming to raise awareness on the risks and threats children might face when going online, as well as to support the development and enhancement of digital skills and knowledge. Additional child-friendly resources and training of trainer's manuals are developed within the scope of these workshops.

Workstream 2: Child Online Protection policy support

Workshops targeting Industry operators, aiming to enhance cooperation and coordination between national industry stakeholders.


Online workshops targeting ICT professionals, teachers and government experts, aiming to facilitate the development of sound knowledge and relevant skills required to implement and roll-out ITU COP initiatives within their sectors.


Impact Reports targeting children and the youth, parents and educators and Industry stakeholders, aiming to assess the level of awareness before and after the delivery of trainings, leading to identifying solutions to improve future activities, as well as to enhancing collaboration across sectors.