With the theme of ‘Challenging Crossroads: Children and the Media’, this year’s conference investigated some of the more contentious media crossroads that today’s youth traverse, including panels on media ethics, protecting children on the Internet, media activism, child exploitation, children’s health and media literacy.
Speaking to over 100 delegates on the opening day, Carla presented ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative, which was launched back in November 2008. COP is an international collaborative network for action to promote the online protection of children by providing guidance on safe online behavior in conjunction with other UN agencies and partners.
Thanks to many COP partners from international organizations, civil society and the private sector, COP has already made great progress in promoting the need to establish a collaborative and harmonized COP framework at the international level.
Child protection is not only a simple matter of rights, said Carla – child protection is one of the core human development categories in light of the Millennium Development Goals. “Strengthening child protection requires a system-wide approach: holistic, comprehensive and multi-sectoral, with an effective evidence-based advocacy strategy.”