Many thanks to all the delegates who attended The 2013 European Child Safety Online Conference which took place on 12th November 2013 at The Renaissance Hotel in Central Brussels.
Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Member of Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström
There is no doubt that the internet has created a wide range of beneficial opportunities for children and young people in Europe. Increasingly, European children are starting to go online at younger ages, with a recent report suggested that the average age to start is seven.
Given these trends, policymakers and industry have a responsibility to protect children from the threats and risks that the internet may pose. From child sexual abuse to digital reputation risks, and online bullying to the accessing of inappropriate content, numerous and complex risks exist, and a multi-layered approach involving cooperation betwen all stakeholders needs to be adopted in order to tacke these.
This conference looked at current strategies to address these risks in both Europe and beyond, and looked to the future and at developing an ongoing strategy to help keep children and young adults safe when they are online.
Sessions at the event included:
- Moving Forward: Policy-making to ensure child safety
- Equipping children and parents with the digital literacy skills to help keep them safe
- A global strategy to combat child abuse material and inappropriate content
Interested in becoming involved in next year's event?
If you are interested in becoming involved in the 2014 edition of this event, or should you have any questions or require any further information on this event then please contact Anne-Lise Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0) 2920 783 023