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Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation

Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Organized by     UNESCO Bangkok  and  UNICEF EAPRO
9-11 September 2015   |    Pullman Hotel King Power, Bangkok, Thailand

 

The proliferation and emergence of ICT has fundamentally changed the way in which society operates. The increasingly ubiquitous nature of ICT has also inevitably caused it to become indispensable as part of daily life and a basic building block of modern society. When used effectively and appropriately, the benefits of ICT are boundless, enabling inclusive and sustainable human development by providing people not only with access to information and services but also expanding opportunities to participate in and contribute to the knowledge economy.

Despite the affordances of ICT, the widespread use of ICT at present has brought about a range of social and ethical issues from online safety and security, misuse of information, and to health and mental hazard. Therefore, more so than ever, there is an urgent need to address and mitigate the risks associated with ICT use while simultaneously exploiting the opportunities afforded by these technologies. In view of the present situation, it is of paramount importance that young digital citizens equip themselves with appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitude to leverage and enjoy the potential benefits of ICTs while being resilient to the risks. Furthermore, schools, teachers, parents/ guardians, policy makers, industry players, and other key stakeholders are encouraged to adopt a proactive approach towards fostering a favourable environment to encourage responsible and safe use of ICT among children.

In this regard, UNESCO Bangkok has been undertaking the “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe, Effective, and Responsible Use of ICT” Project. It aims to promote policy dialogue on the issues of the ethical, safe, and responsible use of ICT and in building the education sector’s capacity in fostering digital citizenship among children, by:

  • providing member states with a sound evidence base to guide policy and practice
  • raising the level of consciousness among member states on digital citizenship through education sector policy guidelines (Phase 1), advocacy campaigns, and educational resources (Phases 2 and 3)

To this end, UNESCO Bangkok and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) will be holding the “Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, and Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation” on 9-11 September 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. 

Objectives

The Regional Consultation aims to:

  • Share and verify the initial findings from the policy review
  • Refine and revise the draft education sector policy recommendations and develop a framework for the 20-page annotated policy guidelines
  • Formulate an Action Plan for the proposed regional consortium

The Consultation will take stock of current states on policy responses and national initiatives in the education sector that promote digital citizenship, with special attention to fostering safe, effective, and responsible use of ICT among children. The stocktaking will be built upon findings from a UNESCO policy review study*, which gathers and synthesizes various legal framework and policies, national curriculum, and other educational programmes of selected Member States in the Asia Pacific region. The Consultation aims to validate the research findings towards informing and refining the draft policy recommendations that were formulated during the first Expert Meeting last March 2014. The resulting guidelines, expected to be available for distribution in early 2016, seek to address the gaps, in both policy and practices, in promoting children’s safe, effective, and responsible use of ICT in the region, particularly in the education sector. To facilitate this process, nominated country experts from the ten selected countries will be tapped to form the National Experts Advisory Committee (NEAC). Please refer to the Annex for details on the NEAC.

In addition, the Consultation will engage gathered key stakeholders in forming a regional consortium to a) set a regional direction while considering the region’s immense diversity and b) synergize efforts within identified core areas of intervention, including policy, research, education, and advocacy, among others.

 * The findings from the study, “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe and Responsible Use of ICT: A Review of National Policies and Initiatives in Asia Pacific”, are expected to be available in November 2015. 

A recent publication “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe and Responsible Use of ICT: A review of current status in Asia and the Pacific” provides a synthesis of information on various policy responses, programmes, and initiatives implemented by governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector, gathered from a desk review and the Expert Meeting held in March 2014. It also outlines possible action points, for the proposed regional consortium among various stakeholders, covering four pillars of Policy, Research, Education, and Advocacy. A copy is available on this link: http://bit.ly/sru14  

Key resources

Expected Outputs

By the end of the Meeting, the UNESCO Bangkok Project Team will have the following outputs;

  • refined Policy Review
  • regional framework of action
  • outline of annotated policy guidelines for member states

Presentations

◊ Meeting Overview and Orientation on the “Fostering Digital Citizenship through Safe, Effective, and Responsible Use of ICT” Project  |  Ms Jonghwi Park, UNESCO Bangkok  -  pdf, 690kb

◊ ICT opportunities and threats for children  |  Ms Katarzyna Pawelczyk, Communication Officer, Digital Strategy Department, UNICEF HQ  -  pdf, 2mb

◊ Foundation for the future: Helping young children (0‐8) develop positive ICT practices  |  Ms Donell Holloway & Ms Lelia Green, Edith Cowan University, Australia  -  pdf, 325kb

◊ Presentation of initial findings from the Policy Review  |  Mr Michael Searson, UNESCO Research Team/Kean University  -  pdf, 935kb

◊ The experience of EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile in Europe and beyond  |  Ms Giovanna Mascheroni, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy  -  pdf, 975kb

◊ UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy Programme  |  Ms Misako Ito and Ms Hyeon‐Soo Jeon, UNESCO Bangkok  -  pdf, 430kb

◊ Digital Citizenship in Schools  |  Mr Tony Brandenburg, ISTE  -  pdf, 630kb

◊ Industry Guidelines on Online Child Protection  |  Mr Sameer Sharma, ITU Regional Office for Asia Pacific  -  pdf, 960kb

◊ Intel Digital Wellness Program  |  Ms Sattiya Langkhapin, Intel‐Thailand  -  pdf, 545kb

◊ Digital Resilience: Empowering Youth Online  |  Ms Vaishnavi Jayakumar, Google Asia Pacific  -  pdf, 680kb

 

Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
Policies and Initiatives to Promote Children’s Safe, Effective, And Responsible Use of ICT: Asia Pacific Regional Consultation, 9-11 September 2015, Bangkok, Thailand