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International Congress Aims to Make the Digital World Safer for Children

The Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome will this week host an international congress, Child Dignity in the Digital World. 

This pioneering congress on the fight against online child sexual exploitation and abuse will be held October 3 - 6. 

The meeting will focus on the latest scientific research and technical understanding in how to keep children safe online. It will bring together global experts and decisions makers to discuss the risks and challenges of the digital age and its impact on the dignity of children. 

“The congress provides an outstanding opportunity to exchange knowledge and good practice on risks and prevention as children navigate this new digital world,” said Prof. Hans Zollner SJ, President of the Centre for Child Protection. 

The focus of the congress is scientific and technical, with a view to promoting appropriate action. The Centre for Child Protection and its partner WePROTECT Global Alliance have invited more than 140 internationally recognized experts from academia and business, as well as political leaders, and religious representatives from across the globe. 

Children make up over a quarter of the 3.2 billion Internet users worldwide. This generation of over 800 million young users is vulnerable to entirely new forms of harm and abuse such as trolling, cyberbullying, sextortion, and grooming for sexual exploitation.

The global congress closes with the “Declaration on Child Dignity in the Digital World,” to be presented during an audience with Pope Francis. 

For more information please visit: www.childdignity2017.org. 

The Centre for Child Protection (CCP) of the Institute of Psychology of the Pontifical Gregorian University is a key institution in the global fight against sexual abuse. The CCP is dedicated to the safeguarding and well-being of children and vulnerable persons throughout the world. It provides information on the problem of sexual abuse and other kinds of abuse and promotes prevention measures. The fields of activities include education and professional training, interdisciplinary research, doctoral programs and conferences. 

The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, formerly the “Roman College” founded in 1551 by Ignatius of Loyola, today has 2,700 students from more than 120 countries. The university is one of the most important centres for the training of Church leadership and ministry. Faculties include theology, canon law, philosophy, history and cultural heritage of the church, as well as missiology, and social sciences, and institutes of psychology and spirituality. 

Photo of Hans Zollner: By Rebecski - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62763772
Homepage image of children: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lupuca/






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