Child online protection is a critical concern in today’s digital age, as children are increasingly using the internet and digital technologies for learning, communication, entertainment, and more. While the online world offers numerous benefits, it also poses potential risks to the safety, privacy, and well-being of children. As children explore the virtual landscape, it becomes essential to implement effective measures to ensure their online experiences are positive, safe, and secure.
ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative in November 2008 as a multi-stakeholder effort within the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) framework. The initiative brings together partners from all sectors of the global community to create a safe and empowering secure online experience for children worldwide. Uganda through UCC in partnership with ITU is implementing this COP initiative.
COP’s main objectives are as follows:
• Identification of risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace.
• Creation of awareness among policymakers, industry, parents, and educators as well as the children.
• Development of practical tools to help minimize risk.
• Sharing knowledge and experience.