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Panel Discussion on Cyberbullying Against Children
Statement As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor
September 27, 2023

Panel Discussion on Cyberbullying Against Children (HRC res. 51/10)

Human Rights Council – 54th Session

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

As Delivered by Ambassador Michèle Taylor

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

And thank you to the esteemed panelists for your comments today on this important topic.

In an increasingly digital world, children’s access to the Internet and digital technologies can empower them to learn and socialize in new ways.

However, children become vulnerable to cyberbullying when these technologies are misused or lack appropriate safeguards with serious consequences for their physical and mental wellbeing.

Age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and sex characteristics are also important factors related to cyberbullying experiences. That is why the United States launched new initiatives to understand, prevent, and address technology-facilitated gender-based violence through the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse in March 2022, in coordination with 11 other countries.

In addition, in June 2022, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the White House Task Force to Address Online Harassment and Abuse.

Addressing cyberbullying will require a multi-pronged approach. Governments, educators, the tech sector, civil society, parents, caregivers, and other relevant stakeholders must prioritize the safety and wellbeing of young people so that children can safely use the Internet and digital technologies, and have access options for recourse  and psychological support when faced with cyberbullying.

Through such measures, we can help protect children and promote their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We must do better to protect our children from cyberbullying; we are grateful to the Core Group, led by penholder Israel, for creating this opportunity for discussion today.

Panelists, what are some of your preferred resources for parents and caregivers looking to learn more about how to keep their children safe while online?

I thank you.