UNICEF launches Industry Toolkit on Children's Online Privacy and Freedom of Expression
UNICEF has launched an Industry Toolkit on Children's Online Privacy and Freedom of Expression. It contains five, rights-based "General Principles" and a practical checklist for companies to review their policies and practices.
This Toolkit builds on UNICEF's discussion paper series Children's Rights and Business in a Digital World, and gives practical guidance to companies on how to analyse and improve their impacts on children's privacy and expression rights online. The Toolkit was developed over the course of a year, and multiple consultations were held with a range of companies, civil society organisations, academics, policy-makers and UNICEF colleagues.
The Toolkit contains:
- Five General Principles that set out the shared responsibility to protect, respect and realize children's privacy and expression rights in a digital world, and
- A Checklist for Companies to assess their policies and practices with regard to obtaining, using and retaining children's personal data; ensuring children's access to information; and educating and informing children online.
The General Principles provide a child rights-based approach to privacy and freedom of expression for national authorities, industry, parents and educators, while the Checklist helps companies bring this approach into practical action.
The Toolkit's publication is timely. With the imminent rollout of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - a set of laws and standards governing data protection and privacy for all companies and individuals within the EU, and with other digital policy developments in Europe, the U.S. and elsewhere - UNICEF encourages companies, advocates, and policymakers to take steps that better protect children's online privacy while still ensuring children have access to a free, open internet. In developing this Toolkit, UNICEF are therefore presenting a call to action to businesses and policymakers to protect, respect and realise children's privacy and expression rights online. Practical steps include:
- Provide for children's continued access to websites, platforms, products, services and applications that offer beneficial content.
- Support and value children's contributions to society as responsible and engaged digital citizens.
- Give children greater control over how their profiles, images and personal information can be searched, accessed and deleted.
- Make terms and conditions simple, concise, visible, clear, accessible and appropriate to children's evolving capacities.
- Ensure privacy settings are visible, child-friendly and provide greater protection for children's accounts by default.
- Limit the ways in which children's personal data can be sold, shared, or otherwise monetised, and restrict the use of children's personal data for the sole purpose of marketing or advertising.
Actions of the Alliance to better protect minors online on the occasion of SID
The Alliance to better protect minors online is a self-regulatory initiative aiming to improve the online environment for children and young people. Following the European Commission's invitation to come together and take part in a joint effort, leading ICT and media companies, NGOs and UNICEF officially launched the Alliance on Safer Internet Day 2017.
TIM (Telecom Italia) | Telefónica | Telenor | Telia Company | Twitter | Vivendi | Vodafone
GSMA | ICT Coalition | NICAM | Toy Industries of Europe | UNICEF
Many are planning specific actions around Safer Internet Day 2018. Read on to find out more...
- A detailed Safety Snakes lesson plan.
- An overview short lesson plan.
- A printable version of the online safety Bee-Bot mat (4 x A3 size documents).
- An interactive Scratch Bee-Bot sim.
- A link to the video, presented by young children, showing how to use the online safety mat.
- Other lesson resources, including Bee-Bot command cards, unplugged Bee-Bot image, a printable mat square for children to design their own Bee-Bot mats and dos and don'ts teaching points.
- Running own public campaigns and events.
- Provisioning of awareness-raising material.
- Support of governmental initiatives.
- Support of NGOs engaged in the field.
- Facilitating the work of schools and teachers.
- Parental controls on different devices.
- Privacy and security.
- Setting rules with children for their online presence.
- Entertainment and downloads.
- Social media.
- Online behavior.
- Digital resilience.
- Switch off time.
SID motto promotion
Habbo will encourage the online communities around the world to support the SID 2018 slogan "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you" by promoting it into their avatar's motto (can be seen on the user's Habbo profile).
Internet Safety Games
We've created a virtual game in which Nina, an employee of a youth centre, will introduce our users to different people who have had negative online experiences. The experiences are related to this year's theme, ¨Create, connect and share respect". We explore four different cases, each seen from a different point of view - that of the victim, the perpetrator, any relatives and an organisation dedicated to the issue in question. The themes we'll cover are listed below:
- The sharing of "fight videos" online.
- Revenge porn.
- Anonymous bullying.
During the week of Safer Internet Day week (5-9 February 2018), one interactive storyline will go live every day. Users that complete the storyline activity successfully win a badge.
On day five, we'll be testing all new knowledge gained by the users in a quiz. Every user that answers all the quiz questions correctly receives a special trophy.
We'll also have multiple user-made videos related to the interactive activities.
SUPER RTL's actions for Safer Internet Day 2018 include:
- Shortly before 6 February 2018, we will launch our new video app for preschoolers called "TOGGOLINO" App and we flank this start with a commentatorship via press release about Safer Internet Day 2018.
- We are planning a coverage via our TV channels within the Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland about Safer Internet Day 2018.
- With our engagement at fragFINN, we also support an initiative between Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk/FSM/fragFINN. They will present the new "Internet Guide for Parents" in Berlin on 6 February 2018.
- On Safer Internet Day, launching a school class training concept to raise children's awareness of privacy and integrity online, based on findings from second round of Children's Advisory Panel with focus on children's privacy and integrity online. The training is brought to schools by Telia volunteers (employees), and developed together with Save the Children Finland and World Childhood Foundation in all Telia's core markets (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania).
- On Safer Internet Day, hosting a coding school event at Telia's main office in Helsinki, Finland, as part of the company's commitment and participation in Mediataitoviikko, a week of media education aimed at developing/empowering media skills for children and adults.
- On Safer Internet Day, participating in a Safer Internet Day Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, organised together with the Estonian Union for Child Welfare.
- On Safer Internet Day, delivering the lesson "Children's safety on the Internet" and workshop about privacy at schools, together with NGO Vaiku linija in Vilnius, Plunge and Kaunas, Lithuania.
- On 8 February 2018, delivering a public lesson on "Children's safety on the internet" in Vilnius, Lithuania.
- On 2 March 2018, an event "My school – my friend" will be held at the Danish schools national friendship/anti bullying day. Telia will be providing education material together with Save the Children Denmark.
- On 11 April 2018, Telia will be issuing a set of Children's rights guidelines for telcos in connection with the Global Child Forum in Stockholm, Sweden.
- In September 2018, Telia will participate in a seminar about child sexual abuse material (CSAM), organised by Save the Children Finland for early childhood educators in Jyväskylä, Finland.
- An advertising campaign, "Greatest Courage" against cyberbullying, will continue in various formats and channels in Estonia.
- Coding classes with children, on request from schools and others, where Telia volunteers teach children and/or parents some coding and discuss a safe and nice internet usage and children's rights online in all Telia's core markets.
- Smart Surf training with children in schools, offered by Telia volunteers, where we discuss safe settings and a safe and nice behaviour online. Similar training also offered to parents/adults in all Telia's core markets.
- Education and training of employees in children's rights and safety online. Offered as a general training to employees and mandatory for volunteers in all Telia's core markets