Stella Kyriakides, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has issued a call for stronger action to protect children from sexual exploitation online – highlighting a new set of guidelines, due next year, that Council of Europe member States will be asked to abide by.
“The European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November), which the Assembly initiated in 2015, offers a unique opportunity to recall the importance of strong laws and proactive measures against cyber-bullying, cyber-grooming, self-exposure and harmful content, as well as empowering children to protect themselves,” Ms Kyriakides said.
“We look forward to the new set of guidelines being drawn up by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers – expected in 2018 – which aim to protect, promote and fulfil children’s rights in the digital environment. We in the Assembly will do everything we can to ensure these guidelines are followed.”
“The well-being of children is paramount for all of us. It is up to us to keep them safe in cyberspace in every way we can,” she concluded.