IGF 2019 WS #369 Questioning Parents and Society Responsibility on COP

Organizer 1: Indriyatno Banyumurti, Relawan TIK Indonesia (Indonesian ICT Volunteer)
Organizer 2: ICT Watch Indonesia, ICT Watch - Indonesia
Organizer 3: Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, Indonesia Youth Internet Governance Forum

Speaker 1: David NG, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: John Carr, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: ICT Watch Indonesia, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 4: Janice Richardson, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

a. What kind of risks that children face related to the level of awareness of their parents and the society?
b. What kind of multi-stakeholder measures can be taken regarding can be taken regarding child online protection (COP)?
c. To what extend, can capacity building and digital literacy guidance improve children’s online resilience?

Relevance to Theme: Child safety on the Internet is one of main prerequisite effort to build a healthy digital environment that benefits all. As noted from the discussion of Child Online Protection through Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Workshop at IGF 2015, COP falls into category as one of the most critical issues faced by the world these days.

Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others. Yet, the increasingly complex online environment also presents uncountable risks for their safety. Children are prone to be exposed by inappropriate content, harmful interactions, human trafficking, and gadget addiction.

Every parents have responsibilities to be present for their kids both offline and online. To carry out the tasks, parents are required to have enough awareness and knowledge about digital parenting. On the other side, society also bear the same amount of responsibilities to create a safe digital world for all, especially for kids. These heavy tasks cannot be done without all hands joined, hence the multi-stakeholder approach.

Relevance to Internet Governance: This workshop will discuss the responsibility of the multi-stakeholders, especially parents and society, in protecting children online. Invited experts will share their experiences related to this issue. Expected outcomes would be recommendations on how each multi-multi-stakeholder actors can play their roles in making the Internet safe and child-friendly


Round Table - U-shape - 90 Min

Description: Roundtable setting is used for exploring inputs from both online and onsite contributors. The session will be started with short presentation from each subject matter experts (SMEs), then the floor will be made available for walk-in or remote participants. Discussion highlights will be compiled and put together into more accessible products, such as infographics and short reports which available online, as well as policy recommendation.

Discussion Flow:
- Moderator elaborates the background and introduce all speakers and organisers (5 minutes)
- Each of five SMEs are given the time to present their stance and/or answers to the policy questions (40 minutes)
- Moderator offers onsite and online participants a chance to ask questions or provide statements (30 minutes)
- Each of five SMEs are expected to throw closing remarks or additional statements before closing (10 minutes)
- Moderator concludes the session and wrap things up (5 minutes)
- 90 minutes in total

Some issues to be discussed:
o Principles and norms regarding to COP
o Children’s key risks while using the Internet
o Parents’ roles in assisting children on the Internet
o How the society be responsibility for children’s safety on the Internet
o Best practices of technical and policy approaches on COP
o Capacity building on digital parenting and community engagement
o How children can be well-accommodated during the policy making process and program arrangement related to COP

Expected Outcomes: Reports will be published after the workshop, in the form of conventional text-based scripts and info-graphics. The outputs will be used as one of important tools of policy recommendation and materials for public education in order to raise awareness regarding the issue. Some of the output subjects might be:
a. Principles and norms related to parents and society’s responsibilities on COP
b. Action plan that can be done to improve the awareness of parents and the society, especially on digital parenting
c. Binding convention to increase children's involvement in every process of policy making and programs related to the COP

Onsite Moderator: 

Bhredipta Cresti Socarana, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Indriyatno Banyumurti, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


ICT Watch Indonesia, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

Each speaker will be allocated 5-10 minute period to deliver their presentation as introduction to the discussion. The moderator will allow intervention from both online and on-site participants. Then, moderator will invite onsite and online participants to ask some questions to the panelists and/or share their view about the topic

Online Participation: 

We will make e-flyer for this workshop, include link for online participation, and promote it to our network in some region. We also encourage our community in Indonesia to join online participation together by arranging the local workshop.

Proposed Additional Tools: We will try to make live streaming through YouTube and Facebook using mobile device


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GOAL 5: Gender Equality
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