The Queen talks about the launch of guidelines for protecting children online

The Queen gave an opening speech at the ITU's video conference on protecting children online.

The Queen gave an opening speech at the ITU's video conference on protecting children online. Photo: ITU

On Wednesday 24 June, The Queen spoke during a video conference in connection with the launch of guidelines for protecting children online, issued by the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The ITU's 2020 Child Online Protection Guidelines are a set of recommendations for children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers on contributing towards a safe, nurturing online environment for children and young people.

The Queen gave an opening speech at the conference, in which she said:

"Today's launch of ITU's new guidelines for child online protection marks an important milestone in our international efforts to end violence against children.

"I am happy to see how several UN agencies, and many global NGOs including my foundation, Childhood, came together to develop these important new resources that will help to drive action for safeguarding children online."

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The conference on the ITU's guidelines for protecting children online took the form of a video meeting.

"The new guidelines are designed to serve as a blueprint that can be adapted and used by different countries and stakeholders in a way that is consistent with national and local customs and laws," explained Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau during the conference.

The guidelines for 2020 consist of four parts which are adapted for the target groups of children, parents and educators, industry and policy-makers.

The International Telecommunication Union

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) aims to increase international cooperation in connection with all kinds of telecommunications, and to promote the development of technical equipment for these purposes.

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The UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children

The UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, is a global independent advocate who promotes the prevention and abolition of all forms of violence against children.

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