Queen Silvia was today the keynote speaker at Online Dialogue on the new 2020 Child Online Protection Guidelines: Launch and Beyond.
World Childhood Foundation is one of the partners of the dialogue. Also Dr. Joana Rubinstein, President & CEO of Childhood USA, gave remarks.
Online Dialogue on the Launch of the 2020 Guidelines
Queen Silvia said at her speech among other things:
Today’s launch of ITU’s new guidelines for child online protection marks an important milestone in our international efforts to end violence against children. I am happy to see how several UN agencies, and many global NGOs including my Foundation, Childhood, came together to develop these important new resources that will help to drive action for safeguarding children online.
Ladies and gentlemen. It is well over 20 years since I first decided to use my voice and position to break the silence and speak about the unspeakable. The global pandemic of child sexual abuse and exploitation is a topic that I have felt strongly about ever since the first big case in Sweden in 1992.
As you can understand, it wasn’t easy as a Queen to speak about sexually abused children. Whenever I spoke, I saw people looking down or turning their heads. But I persisted, hoping I could make a difference.
Nothing, however, could prepare me for the tsunami of child sexual abuse material that we see today, 21 years later, that is flooding the Internet. Police say, the children are becoming younger, the abuse more severe.
H.M. Drottningens tal vid lansering av the ITU Child Online Protection Guidelines , 24 juni 2020 - Sveriges Kungahus
On Wednesday, June 24, the Queen spoke at a video conference in connection with the launch of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union's ITU Guidelines for the Protection of Children Online.
Guidelines for the International Telecommunications Union 2020 Child online Protection Guidelines are a set of recommendations for children, parents and teachers, companies, and policy makers on how to contribute to the development of a secure and empowering online environment for children and young people.
Drottningen talade vid lansering av riktlinjer för skydd av barn online - Sveriges Kungahus