ÚÑÈí  31 May 2020

  • Digital Inclusion
  • Internet Safety
  • Regional and International Cooperation
    1. The National Committee for Child Online Protection
    1. Work Mechanism
    1. Online Arabic Content
    1. Regional and International Cooperation
    1. Law Enforcement
    1. Legislative Framework
    1. Education
    1. Awareness Raising and Capacity Building

    Regional and International Cooperation

    The Committee sought, in coordination with the international community, to place Internet safety issues at the top of the agendas of global forums’ priorities; such as, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative, Safer Internet Day (SID), the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (ENACSO), Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and others.

    1- Cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union

    a- ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection

    Based on a common proposal submitted by Egypt and Syria and endorsed by ITU member states, the ITU resolution 1306 was issued, establishing the Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (ITU CWG-COP). It is the first group specifically configured to protect children online, with the aim of coordinating all the efforts done within the ITU in the COP field. Egypt chairs the group that is open to all member states and the private sector. The group is an open forum for all member states of the ITU, allowing developing countries the opportunity to present their concerns and exchange views with the developed countries.

    b- ITU Child Online Protection Initiative

    The Arab Republic of Egypt is one of the first ITU Member States adhering to ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative. It also participated in the statistical framework to measure the protection of children on the Internet, and in the formulation of the guiding principles issued by the ITU for the protection of children on the Internet.

    Accordingly, in recognition of Egypt's role and effective leadership in this regard, the ITU former Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure, granted Egypt the ITU Prize for its effective contributions to preparing and drafting the so-called "Guidelines for Child Online Protection”.

    c- Cooperation with the ITU Arab Regional Office

    Cooperation with the ITU is not limited to the international level, but also extends to the Arab regional dimension. Egypt has been involved with the ITU Arab Regional Office (ITU- ARO) in the many activities and workshops concerning the protection of children on the Internet. It also participated in the Arab Working Group to devise guidelines for the development of Arabic legislation to protect children online.

    2. TAIEX Workshop ‘Fight Against Cybercrime and Child Online Exploitation’

    To enhance child online safety advocacy, Egypt hosted a number of conferences and workshops, among which is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) workshop entitled “Fight against Cybercrime and Child Online Exploitation”, held on 30 -31 March 2010. The workshop was organized by the European Commission’s Enlargement Directorate-General in cooperation with the Academy of European Law (ERA) and Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

    The workshop hosted a number of distinguished European and Egyptian experts in the field of cybercrime and child online exploitation. The objective of the workshop was to assess the application of international and European legislations in the area of child online safety in the various member states and candidate countries to join the Europe-wide campaign to fight against cybercrime. The workshop also explored how other non-European countries confronted those crimes and discussed the prospects for common cooperation.

    Among topics discussed were the latest legal and complementary measures adopted to combat cybercrimes; such as, the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (2001), the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. It also discussed means of effective cooperation with Internet service providers and websites (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!).

    3. GSMA Study

    Egypt took part in a GSMA study on children use of mobile phones. The study was conducted in Egypt by Mobinil under the guidance of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). The study was based on a pair of questionnaire answered by a number of children and their parents to study how children usually use mobile phones, and to what extent their parents are aware of this use.

    Four governorates were selected to participate in this study, which covers mobile use trends in both rural and urban areas. The significance of participation in this kind of studies is to keep pace with global trends.

    4. Internet Governance Forum

    The Internet Safety Program participated in about 10 workshops at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Sharm elSheikh in 2009, and in a number of IGF workshops organized in Lithuania in 2010, Kenya in 2011, Azerbaijan in 2012, Bali in 2013 and Turkey in 2014.

    The Program is also a member at the Dynamic Coalition on Child Online Safety since 2008, which meets every year on the IGF sidelines. In the Arabic version of the Forum, the Program organized the following workshops on Internet safety:

    § A workshop held in Kuwait in October 2012 about blocking techniques and the rules of self-regulation
    § A workshop in Algeria in 2013 titled “Online Child Protection in the Arab Region: Studies and Legislations”
    § A workshop at the Arab IGF held in Beirut in 2014 entitled "Digital Content and Social Networking in the Arab Region: Where Are We?"

    5. London School of Economics

    The Internet Safety Program seeks to strengthen cooperation with the UNICEF and the London School of Economics (LES) to conduct statistical studies in Egypt, like those that regularly take place in Europe; such as, the EU Kids Online. It is currently collaborating through Global Kids Online program.

    6. #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit

    Egypt participated in the WeProtect Children Online Global first summit that was held in London in the United Kingdom in 2014. UAE hosted the second summit in 2015.

    The Summit was an opportunity to meet with governments, law enforcement agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) working in this field in order to agree on concrete actions, build strong relationships and create networks of cooperation for the development of mechanisms for joint action. The goal is to ensure the identification and protection of victims, and to prevent the misuse of the Internet, as a means of exploiting children.

    Egypt participated in the second summit with a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). Egypt stance was made clear: despite the challenges related to commitment to the technical requirements of the three summit statements, it supports the aim of the Summit and considers it as an opportunity to benefit from prospects opened to develop the technical capabilities of law enforcement agencies in Egypt. It also helps raise the efficiency of individuals, as well as other recommendations approaching bodies concerned with the child online protection in Egypt.

    Related Documents
    Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection
    Feb 2016
    Children Online Protection is a critical issue with the borderless nature of the Internet that requires a global, coordinated response. The report provides guidelines which can be adapted and used in a way consistent with national or local customs and laws.
    Guidelines for Parents, Guardians and Educators on Child Online Protection
    Sep 2014
    The guidelines for parents, guardians and educators provide recommendations on what they can do to make their child’s online experience a positive one. Research shows that more and more children are connecting to the Internet using game consoles and mobile devices, yet many adults are not even aware that these activities include internet connectivity
    Guidelines for Children on Child Online Protection
    Sep 2014
    The guidelines advise children on possible harmful activities online, such as bullying and harassment, identity theft, and online abuse. The guidelines also include advice to children seeing and experiencing harmful and illegal content online.
    Children’s Use of Mobile Phones | An International Comparison 2013
    Jun 2014
    Children’s use of mobile phones | An international comparison Report provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behavior in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 study surveyed 3,560 pairs of children and their parents/guardians.
    GSMA Report on Children Use of Mobile Phones
    Mar 2014
    The report presents an international comparison for 2013 providing a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behavior in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 study surveyed 3,560 pairs of children and their parents/guardians.
    Child Pornography, Model Legislation & Global Review
    Jun 2013
    The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) is leading a global movement to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction. ICMEC’s work brings promise to children and families by: establishing global resources to find missing children and prevent child sexual exploitation.
    Child Online Protection
    Jan 2013
    The council of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) presents its recommendations in order to face the risks surrounding children on internet. Since that the internet has reigned the world economically and socially, it has also become part of our children daily lives. Despite of all the internet benefits in the field of education or the personal development of children, internet put kids at risk of inappropriate content and abuse of others.
    Own your Space
    Feb 2012
    Linda MacCarthy, the writer of this book believes that building a positive online reputation is central to being a good digital citizen. However, the Internet, she assumes, provides ample opportunities for a single bad decision to affect your reputation for decades to come. This guide provides advice on how to help protect your online reputation from known threats—identity thieves, scammers, and self-inflicted damage. It also explains why it’s so important to protect your online reputation and what to do if it’s already been damaged.
    Children’s Use of Mobile Phones- an International Comparison 2011
    Feb 2012
    The GSMA and NTT DOCOMO’s Mobile Society Research Institute have partnered to investigate the growing use of mobile phones by children across the globe. This report provides a detailed picture of mobile phone use by children from the age of eight to eighteen, comparing use across geographically widespread markets at differing levels of development. This is to provide a greater understanding of how children use mobile phones, the role mobile technology plays in parent and child relationships and how children’s social attitudes may be influenced by its use.

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