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International: OECD publishes a report on digital safety by design for children

On June 19, 2024, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled 'Towards digital safety by design for children.'

The report explores the concept of digital safety by design, including different approaches to designing safety online and how it is addressed at international and national levels.

Furthermore, the report focuses on actions for digital service providers, suggesting eight key components for digital safety by design for children, which include:

  • employing age assurance mechanisms that are, in particular, tech-neutral and used to deliver age-appropriate experiences;
  • considerations for implementing child-centered design, in particular, considering the different stages of development and socio-economic differences between children;
  • preventing and detecting harm, such as default settings, filtering, and shared signals;
  • protecting children's privacy and personal data, with particular consideration for monitoring and collecting sensitive data, Data Protection by Design, and transparency regarding the collection and sharing of data;
  • ensuring child-friendly information provision, such as including safety policies, terms of service, community standards, and processes related to user safety in plain and comprehensive language for young audiences;
  • facilitating complaints and redress, as well as flagging unsafe and illegal content by children;
  • encouraging child participation and putting children at the center of decision-making, in particular, respecting children's right to be heard; and
  • promoting a culture of safety and well-being, including awareness-raising addressed to the public at large and as part of corporate responsibility, as well as using child rights impact assessments.

Lastly, the report provides case studies highlighting a need for diverse and tailored approaches.

You can read the press release here and the report here.