Digital economy

Protecting children online


While the Internet can bring considerable benefits to children's education and development, it also exposes them to online risks such as access to inappropriate content, abusive interaction with others, exposure to aggressive marketing practices and privacy risks. The OECD has undertaken considerable work on the protection of children as users of the Internet.


OECD Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online (2012)

The OECD published a report on the risks faced by children online and policies to protect them in 2011. Based on the report’s findings, the OECD Council adopted a Recommendation in 2012 calling for evidence-based policy making and enhanced domestic and international co-ordination to improve national policy frameworks. A free booklet brings together the Recommendation and the report.


Current work (2019-2020)

In view of the findings of a consultation and analytical work, the Recommendation is being revised in 2019-2020 take account of technological and legal developments since its adoption. A multistakeholder group of experts was established to support and advise on the revisions of the Recommendation.

We highlight the work to update the Recommendation and consider some of the policy and legislative avenues countries take to protect children online and promote positive online use in a chapter of the publication Educating 20th Century Children: Emotional Well-being in the Digital Age (October 2019)



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