Legislating for the digital age

Global guide on improving legislative frameworks to protect children from online sexual exploitation and abuse

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UNICEF/UNI358624/Cristofoletti

Highlights

The use of new, rapidly changing digital technologies to sexually exploit and abuse children, the wide reach of online services and the fact that such exploitation and abuse may involve victims and perpetrators from different jurisdictions, all pose challenges to States seeking to protect their children. Many States have yet to put in place or update the wide-ranging legislation that is required to deal with this phenomenon.

This report aims to provide guidance on how to strengthen legislative frameworks to protect children from online sexual exploitation and abuse in accordance with international and regional conventions, general comments and guidelines of treaty bodies, models laws and good practices. It is intended for use by governments, country offices of international organizations, civil society and business organizations to assist in ensuring that all aspects of online sexual exploitation and abuse of children are explained and contained in legislation, in line with international and regional standards and good practices

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UNICEF
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