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Making the Internet a Better and Safer Place

A Global Directory of the Online Safety Space

The Global Resource & Information Directory (GRID) is designed to create a single, factual data source for a wide array of stakeholders dedicated to making the Internet a safer and better place. By tracking and reporting the efforts of each country around the world, GRID provides an unparalleled opportunity to properly define online safety challenges, identify successes, and scope the work ahead.

As a program of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), GRID was first launched in 2010 as the only comprehensive source of peer-reviewed online safety information on a global scale. The individual country pages provide a chronicle of research, education, legislation, and organizations active in the Internet safety space. GRID has been a platform for noteworthy initiatives and large-scale changes to safety policy in respective regions throughout the world, and has become a unique source of reference for governments, industry, law enforcement, educators and academics.

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A partnership committed to ending child exploitation online

In partnership with UNICEF, GRID has undergone a complete revision in 2016. The project was undertaken as part of the UNICEF “Global Program to build capacity to tackle online child sexual exploitation”, supported by the Government of the United Kingdom. The Global Program is being implemented by UNICEF and partners within governments, civil society and industry, in 17 countries across 6 regions, and with activities at global level. This program was initiated following the WePROTECT summit of the Government of UK in London, 2014. Since the inaugural summit, the initiative has convened the second WePROTECT summit in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates in 2015 to assess progress and establish an updated set of Statements of Action for countries, industry, civil society and international organizations.

GRID aims to further support the mission to tackle online child sexual exploitation by acting as a conduit of best practice, highlighting the work of countries that are establishing multi-disciplinary initiatives involving law enforcement, government programs, educational approaches and enhanced legislation in accordance with the WePROTECT Model National Response.

For more information on the work of WePROTECT, see our timeline.

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17 Countries

17 countries across six regions have been identified as part of the UNICEF Global Program to Build Capacity to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation. These countries are: Albania, Algeria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Montenegro, Namibia, Paraguay, the Philippines, Serbia, Uganda, and Vietnam.

The Global Program in the first phase is expected to contribute to these outcome areas:

  • Child victims of online sexual exploitation are identified and rescued.
  • Child victims of online exploitation and abuse receive quality support services in accordance with international standards and practices.
  • Cases of child online sexual exploitation are investigated and prosecuted.
  • Child sexual abuse material on the Internet is reported and removed.
  • Children, families, teachers and other caregivers take protective measure to mitigate risks and prevent online sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • Evidence on trends, drivers and effective interventions on online child sexual exploitation is strengthened.

These outcomes will be further supported by a range of indicators, outputs and illustrative activities as progress is made toward the ultimate goal that children are effectively protected from online sexual exploitation and abuse, perpetrators are apprehended and prosecuted, and children enjoy the benefits of the Internet free from danger.

* No images of actual child sexual abuse victims have been used on this site.
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