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Experts gathered at the European Child Safety Online Conference 2022 to discuss how a better, safer and fairer online world for children can be created

4 July 2022

The European Child Safety Online Conference 2022 took place on 30 June in Brussels gathering over 130 delegates and speakers and was streamed onto our online platform where 235 virtual delegates followed the proceedings.

 

The event featured insightful and powerful speeches from our keynote speakers: Dubravka Šuica, Vice President for Demography and Democracy, European Commission; Vít Rakušan 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Czech Republic; Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home Affairs, European Commission, Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner, Australia

 

The conference gathered policymakers, industry players, national authorities representatives as well as civil society experts and child rights advocate to review the provisions of the new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+) and of the proposal for the new regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse, released in May 2022.

Panel 1: Ensuring a positive online experience for children: Child Safety-by-design, responsible use of children’s data and age-appropriate content

It discussed the extent to which the initiatives proposed are fit-for-purpose and are likely to remain future-proof to address the pace of digital innovation. It explored how the proposed rules will interact with other EU and global policies and self-regulation initiatives aimed at tackling the different online risks that children are exposed to, and at making the online world a better, safer, fairer place.

Panel 2: Digital Literacy: Empowering Children, Fostering Responsible Behaviours and Promoting Digital Wellbeing

It also focused on the ongoing efforts undertaken to step up the fight against the creation and propagation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. Finally, it examined the role that technology and innovative solutions can play in achieving these objectives, featured examples of initiatives undertaken in Member States to protect children online, identified best practices, and asked what more is needed to equip children with the necessary digital skills and tools to safely benefit from what the Internet has to offer.

Panel 3: Collaboration and Innovation: Stepping up the fight against CSAM

 

Full replays of the sessions can be found here.

A huge thank you again to all of our speakers and delegates for their participation in this highly important discussion and to our event sponsors ISFE, Meta, Microsoft, TikTok and Yoti for their support.

For more information about this conference and next year’s edition please contact childsafety@forum-europe.com