Digital economy

Protecting children online



While the Internet can bring considerable benefits to children's education and development, it also exposes them to online risks such as access to inappropriate content, abusive interaction with others, exposure to aggressive marketing practices and privacy risks. The OECD has undertaken considerable work on the protection of children as users of the Internet.

OECD Recommendation on the Protection of Children Online

The OECD published a report on the risks faced by children online and policies to protect them in 2011. Based on the report’s findings, the OECD Council adopted a Recommendation in 2012 calling for evidence-based policy making and enhanced domestic and international co-ordination to improve national policy frameworks. A free booklet brings together the Recommendation and the report.


Current work

In 2018 and 2019, the OECD is scoping developments to ensure the recommendations to governments formulated in 2012 remain relevant in today's digital environment.

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Cover page of the Booklet on the Protection of Children Online

Download booklet (pdf)


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