Work on SbD has been underway for some time, developed and finessed with the support of industry, service providers, parents and young people. Our eight-month consultation process, outlined in the Safety by Design Overview, led to the development of Safety by Design Principles — guidelines that provide a model to assess, review and embed user safety into online services. The Principles, which were overwhelmingly welcomed by those consulted, also provide industry with a valuable benchmark.
As part of the consultation process, we asked young people to prepare their vision of how the online industry could help users to navigate the online world, freely and safely. We focused on children and young people because research has consistently highlighted that their rights and needs online are not being met. This is a significant gap, as one in three internet users globally are children, children are early adopters of online products and technology, and they can be the most vulnerable to online harm. The vision is a powerful statement that young people’s needs and expectations should be heard and actioned.
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