Child Online Safety


2023 Child Online Safety Index

The Child Online Safety Index (COSI) is a national-level metric designed to assist countries in effectively monitoring the status of their children’s online safety.

The 2023 COSI report used the same methodology that was developed in 2022; however, instead of the global ranking of the nations, the 2023 COSI provides a 4-scale rating of A=Top Quartile, B=2nd Quartile, C=3rd Quartile and D=4th Quartile. This comprehensive tool enables nations to assess and pinpoint areas for improvement concerning the online safety of their children and youth across various key stakeholders, namely children, families, schools, ICT companies, and the soft and hard infrastructures of government bodies. The COSI aims to encourage effective collaboration among stakeholders to enhance child online safety and promote digital citizenship among children and youth within their respective nations, all while providing a means to measure national progress in this critical domain quantitatively.

This 2023 COSI report relies on data collected from a substantial sample of 351,376 children and adolescents, hailing from 100 different countries. These data sources include the DQ Institute’s impact tracker as well as publicly accessible external sources, such as international research projects and publications.

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2022 Child Online Safety Index

The Child Online Safety Index (COSI) is a national-level measure to guide child online safety improvement. Through COSI, nations can identify areas of improvement for child online safety issues across six stakeholders: children, families, schools, ICT companies, and soft and hard infrastructures of the government.

The inaugural report of COSI was published in February 2020, and COSI 2022 makes the second publication in the series. COSI 2022 captures the post-COVID-19 pandemic global status of child online safety based on the DQ Institute’s global databank. The global databank consists of data on 329,142 children and adolescents in 100 different countries, collected from various external sources (e.g., international research projects and publications) and through DQ Institute’s own surveys.

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2020 Child Online Safety Index Report

The Child Online Safety Index (COSI), the world-first real-time measure to help nations better understand their children’s online safety status.

The 2020 COSI is based on data collected from 145,426 children and adolescents in 30 different countries from 2017-2019 as part of the #DQEveryChild initiative.

Linked with DQ assessment tools and its global database, COSI will be automatically updated as the countries progress with their child online safety and digital citizenship initiatives.

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