In today’s unprecedented connected world, the majority of information is delivered to us by the media, in many forms. Media help us learn, understand, stay connected to other people and to the world in general, and engage in entertainment related experiences. Whether we like it or not, media have an extremely important role in the lives of children. From birth, children are surrounded by the media – media and communication platforms and content are part of their environment, their family life, their fun and play time, their learning habits and social skill development.
The aim of this publication is to contribute to a wider understanding of the concept of protection of minors from harmful content in audiovisual media services, the role of national regulatory authorities in this area and the need to involve various stakeholders providing a safe environment, both offline and on-line, for the development of children and minors.
The publication was prepared in the framework of the Council of Europe and the European Union programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX)”, and in cooperation with media regulatory authorities from South-East Europe.