Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation
Companion Document to the OECD Recommendation on Children in the Digital Environment
The OECD Recommendation on Children in the Digital Environment provides guidance for
governments and other stakeholders on putting in place policies and procedures to
empower and protect children in the digital environment. The Recommendation was developed
in recognition that the digital environment is a fundamental part of children’s daily
lives, and that strong policy frameworks are needed to both protect children from
any potential harm, and to help them realise the opportunities that it can bring.
This companion document aims to assist governments and other stakeholders in implementing
the Recommendation. It expands upon the context in which the Recommendation was developed,
and considers in detail specific aspects of the Recommendation, in particular different
stakeholders and their roles (e.g. parents, governments, digital service providers)
as well as key underlying concepts such as children’s privacy, digital literacy and
child safety by design.