IGF 2014, the ninth Internet Governance Forum is underway in Istanbul, Turkey, running from 2 – 5 September. The theme of this year’s event is ‘ Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance’. A number of workshops, panels and other sessions will take place over the course of the event, and topics from child online safety to privacy and blocking are included. One of these events is being hosted by the EU Kids Online network. A panel discussion, entitled ‘Researching children’s rights in a global, digital age’ will be moderated by Professor Sonia Livingstone of LSE. It comprises a range of speakers from law enforcement to academia, from a number of countries around the world.
To coincide with IGF2014, The EU Kids Online network published its ‘Final Recommendations For Policy‘, outlining more than 30 actions which could be taken by a range of stakeholders to make the Internet safer for children. Children and young people are encouraged to play their part in a number of ways. These include: respecting age limits where they are put in place; asking for help if they have been bullied or encounter something online which upsets them and sharing in the responsibility for others – especially in the areas of bullying and harassment.
Parents are encouraged, among a number of actions, to support children’s exploration of the Internet and to educate themselves about technology and safety so as to better accomplish that. They are encouraged to be clear about rules and communicate regularly with children about what they might find online which could be upsetting. Parents are also called upon to focus more on positive content and online activities and think less about risk, treating any media coverage critically.
The need to support socially disadvantaged parents through education about the importance of media education is also recognized. Governments, educators, Industry and the media are also included as part of the multi-stakeholder approach. Further information about this report and many others can be found in the Research sections of each participating country on GRID.