OECD Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online
As the Internet permeates every aspect of our economy and society, it has also become a daily reality in our children’s lives. While it brings considerable benefits to their 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 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 booklet brings together the Recommendation and the report.
In 2018, the OECD is scoping developments to ensure the recommendation remains relevant in our increasingly digitalised world.
OECD work in this area focuses on the protection of children as users of the Internet. It does not address child pornography in general or the sexual exploitation of children on the Internet. It nevertheless includes input from the Council of Europe and refers to the Council of Europe's work related to child exploitation (Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, CETS 201) and child pornography (Convention on Cybercrime, ETS 185).