What we create, creates the internet! - IGF in Ukraine
- Ukraine Safer Internet Day Committee
At the Youth IGF-UA Pro (organised as a pre-event of the 8th Ukrainian Internet Governance Forum (IGF-UA)) and at the IGF-UA itself, held in October 2017 in Kiyv, Ukraine, the representative of the Ukraine Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee presented key points on child safety online and shared SID messages. The next edition of Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with a theme of "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you".
The initiative for establishing the Youth IGF-UA Pro was implemented by the INGO European Media Platform. The purpose of Youth IGF-UA Pro is to enhance participation of Ukrainian youth in the internet governance process, especially in IGF-UA VIII, and to start preparations for Youth IGF-UA I, scheduled to take place in February 2018.
During Youth IGF-UA Pro, Olena Chernykh, from LOMO "Start", a non-governmental and non-profit organisation which unites pro-youth groups with common interests, and contact point for the Ukraine SID Committee, stressed the difference in online experiences witnessed by parents, caregivers, teachers and children. This difference is one of the key challenges in attempts to understand the online lives of children in order to build a dialogue on positive online behaviour.
"It is very important to talk with children and young people on human rights online, and what kind of behaviours are legal or illegal. What we create, creates the internet!" noted Olena.
During the moderation of a session on human rights at IGF-UA, Olena mentioned the capacity-building workshop "Action against child sexual exploitation and abuse in Ukraine" which was organised in Kiev 5-6 October 2017 by a Council of Europe project for civil society organisations. Сivil society organisations were encouraged and equipped with skills to contribute towards the ongoing second monitoring round of the Lanzarote Convention titled "The protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse facilitated by information and communication technologies".
In addition, during her speech at the youth event, Olena raised several key points on increasing the role of children and youth in internet governance activities and underlined the development of various safer internet programmes as follows:
- to cooperate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine for establishing Youth IGF-UA and to invite representatives from all regions of Ukraine.
- to eliminate the gaps between schools' policies online and respect of human rights online, including those of children.
- to take into account the peculiarities of internet coverage in rural areas of the country which is not equally accessible for all children and young people.
- to adapt safer internet programmes for different types of educational institutions.
Further information is available from the IGF-UA website.
Find out more about the activities of the Ukraine Safer Internet Day Committee.
Find out more about Safer Internet Day more generally at www.saferinternetday.org.