Making Child Online Safety a Reality
The Child Online Safety Toolkit helps policymakers to design an age-appropriate digital world that every child can access creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.
What is the Child Safety Online Toolkit?
This comprehensive document provides functional guidance so policymakers can enshrine child online safety into law and practice.
It brings together important international guidelines and agreements into a singular, consolidated, practical toolkit.
This toolkit has been developed in consultation with international experts from a range of backgrounds. It takes account of insights from every continent, from small-island developing states to large industrial nations, to ensure that the contents can be applied universally.
Young people have been integral to creating this document. Their voices are reflected throughout.
How to use it
The Child Online Safety Toolkit is designed to be universally applicable in any context. This resource offers international best practices that can be adapted to any nation and at any level of political jurisdiction.
The toolkit starts with 5 things every policymaker should know. These are the overarching considerations of child online safety. From there you will find 10 Policy Action Areas, each one is outlined with useful tools and resources. You can also download a model online safety policy.
The toolkit is best read from front to back, but can be used as a resource for particular policy areas.
The toolkit is available in 8 languages, can be downloaded or viewed online.
Dr Amani Abou-Zeid
African Union Commissioner in charge of Infrastructure, Energy, ICT & Tourism
“Africa is undergoing a digital revolution that has the potential to pave its way to prosperity and equity in an increasingly digital future. In this regard, protecting and nurturing the African child both in the offline and online space is one of the fundamental elements of Africa’s Digital Transformation. The Global “Child Online Safety Toolkit” is expected to contribute to the harmonization of our actions with the global best practices and facilitate Africa’s effort towards a safe digital space for the African Child.”
Detective Superintendent, Police Scotland
“For police agencies in any country the primary objective is the protection of people, particularly the youngest, oldest and most in need of support. Practical and effective steps to protect people have historically focussed on public spaces, with limited engagement in private spaces. Extending that protection into cyber space, a combination of public and private space, in a way that allows children and young people to flourish is key to the development of communities everywhere. This Toolkit is a significant step for the protection of children and young people globally.”
Executive Director of Alana Institute
“The digital universe must guarantee children’s rights according to the best. The Alana Institute, whose mission is to honour the children, works from the perspective that we cannot shield the child from the digital environment, but we can protect them within it, so that they may enjoy the digital world to its fullest. In this sense, the global “Child Online Safety Toolkit” makes a fundamental contribution to help decision-makers develop policies that effectively protect children online, based on the national context in which they are inserted.”
Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
Co-founder of Archewell
“We now understand that many of these systems are by design, aiming to keep our kids hooked on these products for years to come. Regardless of how their time online impacts their self-confidence, self-worth or safety. We need new laws, like the laws that 5Rights Foundation is working to shape in the UK, EU and here in California. We need public pressure. We need strong leadership. And we need continued research into what some of the biggest companies in the world are hiding behind closed doors.”
View or download the complete Child Online Safety Toolkit and supporting materials here.