Fatma Bazargan’s blog

Child Online Protection
December 10, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Security


In today’s era, organizations and countries world-wide are tremendously relying on the Internet. The Internet has grown enormously as a valuable attacking vector that is used and abused by cyber criminals targeting their victims. But it becomes so unfortunate when these Victims are our youth, teens and children.


According to International Telecommunications Sector (ITU) and the surveys conducted show that:

§ Around 90% of teens and young adults use the Internet;  

§ Over 60% of children and teenagers talk in chat rooms on a daily basis;

§ 3 in 4 children online are willing to share personal information about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services; and  

§ 1 in 5 children will be targeted by a predator or pedophile each year.


And while 30% of teenage girls say they had been sexually harassed in a chat room, only 7% tell their parents, for fear their online access will be limited.  There’s a disturbing gap, too, between what parents think and children know. So while 92% of parents say they have established rules for their children’s online activity, 34% of children say their parents haven’t.


These patterns are consistent across the world. In France, for example, 72% of children surf online alone, and while 85% of parents know about parental control software, only 30% have installed it. In the UK, 57% of 9-19 year olds say they’ve seen online pornography, 46% say they’ve given out information they shouldn’t and 33% say they’ve been bullied online.


To address these disturbing trends, and in recognition of its duty to the Tunis Commitment, ITU is launching the Children Online Protection (COP) initiative – focused specifically on the safety of children. The key objectives of the initiative are to:


  • Identify the key risks and vulnerabilities to children in cyberspace;
  • Create awareness of the risks and issues through multiple channels;
  • Develop practical tools to help governments, organizations and educators minimize risk; and
  • Share knowledge and experience while facilitating international strategic partnerships to define and implement concrete initiatives.”

You can benefit from the initiatives available around the world here.


Word to Spread: Protecting the children around us against cyber threats is the responsibility of all and there are many technical ways you can use to achieve Child Online Protection; but Education and Awareness is the key to an effective yet permanent solution to build a secure mindset and culture among them. So, teach them being safe online while they are teens.  


keep the kids safe & be responsible

Fatma Bazargan


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