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The Protection of Children Online: Risks Faced by Children Online and Policies to Protect Them

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OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy, The Protection of Children Online: Risks Faced by Children Online and Policies to Protect Them, OECD Digital Economy Papers, No. 179 (May 2, 2011) (full-text).

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As increasing numbers of children worldwide enjoy the benefits of the Internet, they also face a spectrum of risks to which they are more vulnerable than adults. This report examines these risks as well as the policy responses of governments and other stakeholders to improve the protection of children online.

The Recommendation set forth in the Report includes principles for all stakeholders involved in making the Internet a safer environment for children and educating them towards becoming responsible digital citizens. It also focuses on three main challenges faced by governments which underline the emerging nature of the protection of children online as a public policy area: the need for an evidence-based policy-making approach, for managing policy complexity through enhanced policy co-ordination, consistency and coherence as well as for taking advantage of international co-operation to improve the efficiency of national policy frameworks and foster capacity building.

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