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UNICEF launches Tools of the Trade for ICT companies to assess and address impact on children


GENEVA, 26 July 2016 – UNICEF today launched Tools of the Trade, a series of tools that provides guidance for how ICT companies can adopt or refine their policies, strategies and programmes to reduce risks or maximize opportunities for children. The tools can be applied to a wide range of industry players including mobile operators, Internet providers, social media platforms and gaming companies.

"UNICEF is working to equip companies with the knowledge to understand and assess their potential impact on children, both positive and negative", said UNICEF Child Rights and Business Chief Andrew Mawson. "Together wit partners such as Milicom, the LEGO Group and the GSMA, we are creating and piloting Tools and guidance that can be leveraged and adopted throughout the industry".

The Internet offers access to education, information and play, but with children aged 10 years or younger accounting for 80 per cent of all child online exploitation victims, more needs to be done to proctect children online. Research suggests that more than half of children in India have engaged in cyberbullying, 77 per cent of tweens in the United States have posted personal information online, and a quarter of children in the United Kingdom have sent sexual content of themselves to recipients.

Millicom and UNICEF, with support from Den Norske Veritas, have developed the ‘Child Rights Impact Self-Assessment Tool for Mobile Operators’ focusing on issues including product safety, child labour, security arrangements and environmental impacts such as e-waste.

“Looking beyond child labour risk and understanding how child rights and business interact within an overall human rights approach may not be obvious for companies. For Millicom, it has been eye opening to realise the numerous ways that we as a telecom company impact the rights of children directly or indirectly. This industry specific tool will help us to continue to identify gaps and opportunities in specific markets and prioritise our corporate responsibility work,” said Milka Pietikainen, VP of Corporate Responsibility at Millicom.

Together with the LEGO Group, UNICEF developed the Child Online Safety Assessment tool to help technology companies assess whether they have the correct policies and systems in place to respect children’s rights in the online world. The tool also outlines measures ICT companies can take to address challenges such as the transmission of child sexual abuse material, inappropriate content and online bullying, but also offers advice on how companies can facilitate responsible digital citizenship, learning and civic participation to advance children’s  rights to expression and information.

For the LEGO Group to improve how we protect and promote children’s rights digitally, the Child Online Safety Assessment tool has helped create greater clarity and direction. The outputs produced by the tool are easy to use across the company and ensures greater coherence in our approach as well as fostering collaboration to make children’s digital experiences creative, safe and playful”, says Kathrine Kirk Muff, VP Social Responsibility and Engagement, the LEGO Group.



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