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The Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk, EGCC within the Council of the Baltic Sea States arranges the conference

27th of February 2013 

“Keeping children safe in the present-day media environment: gained experience and problems in protecting children from information harmful to their health and development in the Baltic Sea Region (including issues of ICT and Online Safety for children)” to be held in Moscow on the 27th of February 2013. Intensive development of and advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and other electronic communication means; their growing integration and compatibility with the global Internet; Cyberspace with no territorial boundaries; digital inclusion – all the mentioned factors provide children with various information conducive to their learning and development and simultaneously create threats to child safety online and do harm to their health and development.

Intensive development of and advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) and other electronic communication means; their growing integration and compatibility with the global Internet; Cyberspace with no territorial boundaries; digital inclusion – all the mentioned factors provide children with various information conducive to their learning and development and simultaneously create threats to child safety online and do harm to their health and development.

Using mass media for the purposes of advocacy of violence and cruelty; alcohol, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances abuse; child pornography dissemination; committing trans-national crimes against minors linked to commercial sexual exploitation of children call for international cooperation of the member countries to the CBSS in term of child ICT and E-Safety via sharing experiences in legislative and law enforcement practice.

The future of the member states to the CBSS considerably pivots on proper moral, intellectual and mental development of their minor citizens and, in this context, on taking measures to ensure child safety on-line.

Discussing by the member countries to the CBSS on transnational basis of the most effective legislative, procedural and institutional steps to prevent destructive influence of infomedia on children and avoid their sexual on-line solicitation and sexual abuse or sexual exploitation via mass media and ICT (including the Internet and mobile phones and other electronic media) will promote prevention of criminalization and victimization of minors.

Activities on ensuring the ICT safety for children take a proactive approach and provide for at least three aspects, inter alia:

1) Measures intended to ban circulation of information that can cause child victimization including child abuse and sexual exploitation for commercial purposes as well as involvement of children in pornography business;

2) Measures intended to restrict access of children to information that is encouraged to involve minors in crime or any other anti-social activities such as begging, vagrancy, gambling, taking alcohol-containing products, drugs and psychotropic substances; etc.

3) Measures on awareness raising with the view of preventing victimization of children, reducing harmful to their health and development risks related to the use of Information and Communication Technologies and other communication media.


Participants:

This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, executive power officials, representatives of the Public Council and members of the Expert Board under the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation, regional commissioners for children’s rights of the Russian Federation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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