The remit and members of the Internet Roundtable on Child Protection

Last updated: 30 March 2017

The Internet Roundtable on Child Protection was established by the President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Monika Karas, based on her authority under Section 4 of Act CVIII of 2001 on Certain Aspects of E-commerce Services and Information Society Services.

The purpose of the 21-strong advisory board is to encourage the protection of minors on the web and support the work of the President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority. To this end, it produces position papers and recommendations to promote child-friendly Internet use, including the effective use of filtering software and to improve the media literacy of children and their parents. It has no competence to adopt legally binding instruments; however, it can become an effective actor in media regulation by promoting self-regulation and best practices. The board is also entitled to examine individual cases. Anyone can contact the board when finding that a content provider publishes information having the potential to severely impair the mental and spiritual development of minors, e.g. by brutally or explicitly depicting violence or sexuality, without taking account of child protection considerations.

The Roundtable held its constitutional meeting on 12 March 2014 and it had a mandate for three years. Its second term commenced on 28 March 2017. András Koltay, a Member of the Media Council, was replaced by Emese Bene, Head of the Department for Regulatory Coordination of the NMHH, as Chairwoman; 12 of 21 members continue their work on the board.

In accordance with statutory provisions, the President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority appointed two members and the Chairwoman at her own discretion, eight members based on the recommendations from both child protection organisations and Internet market professional associations and two members on the basis of proposals made by Ministries. The Chairwoman and twenty members of the Roundtable obtained their mandate for three years and receive no remuneration for their work.

CURRENT MEMBERSHIP OF THE INTERNET ROUNDTABLE ON CHILD PROTECTION

1. dr. Emese Bene, NMHH, Chairwoman of the Roundtable
2. dr. Ágnes Vass, member of the Media Council
3. Ildikó Váradiné Kónya, NMHH
4. dr. Katalin Baracsi, Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association; Hungarian Association of Law and Political Sciences
5. Ferenc Bogdándi, Community of Hungarian Journalists
6. dr. Magdolna Csömör, Communications Reconciliation Council
7. dr. Róbert Dávid, Ministry of the Interior
8. dr. Zsuzsa Detrekői, Association of Hungarian Content Providers
9. dr. Márta Kőrösné Mikis, Hungarian Association of Teachers for Informatics 
10. dr. Erika Mayer, Council of Hungarian Internet Providers; Hungarian Association of Content Industry; Association of Hungarian Electronic Journalists
11. György Mikesy, Cházár András Unified Centre for Special Education Methodology, Residential School and Children's Home
12. dr. Tibor Németh, Association of Hungarian Electronic Broadcasters
13. Róbert R. Pintér, Media Union Foundation
14. dr. Ilona Pócsik, Advertising Self-Regulatory Board; International Advertising Association; Mediasmart Association
15. Sándor Répás, Ministry of National Development 
16. Zoltán Sterner, International Children's Safety Service, Hungarian Association
17. dr. Zsuzsanna Szilágyi, Hungarian Publishers' Association
18. Gyula Szabó, National Teachers’ Chamber 
19. Imre Takács, National Association of Hungarian Family Support and Child Welfare Services
20. Orsolya Táler, Kék Vonal Child Crisis Foundation
21. dr. Katalin Tausz, UNICEF

PREVIOUS MEMBERSHIP OF THE INTERNET ROUNDTABLE ON CHILD PROTECTION (2014-2017)

1. dr. András Koltay, member of the Media Council
2. dr. Ágnes Vass, member of the Media Council
3. Ildikó Váradiné Kónya, NMHH
4. Vera Alpár, Children's Media Association
5. dr. Katalin Baracsi, Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association; Hungarian Association of Law and Political Sciences
6. Gábor Csiszér, Ministry of National Development
7. dr. Magdolna Csömör, Communications Reconciliation Council
8. dr. Zsuzsa Detrekői, Association of Hungarian Content Providers
9. Lilla Hargitai, Media Union for Social Consciousness Shaping Public Benefit Foundation
10. dr. Jenő Kutassy, National Association of Large Families
11. Zsuzsanna M. Matusek, National Child Protection League
12. dr. Erika Mayer, Council of Hungarian Internet Providers; Hungarian Association of Content Industry
13. György Mikesy, Cházár András Unified Centre for Special Education Methodology, Residential School and Children's Home
14. dr. Tibor Németh, Association of Hungarian Electronic Broadcasters
15. Orsolya Nyilas, ICT Association of Hungary
16. Róbert Pintér, “Once Upon a Time” Foundation for Children’s Culture
17. dr. Ilona Pócsik, Advertising Self-Regulatory Board; International Advertising Association; Mediasmart Association
18. Zoltán Sterner, International Children's Safety Service, Hungarian Association
19. Ágnes Turócziné Pesty, József Öveges Teachers’ Association; “With Heart and Soul” Pre-school Teachers’ Association; Fekete István Primary-school Teachers’ Association; National Association of Heads of Public Education Institutions of Historical Churches; Sík Sándor Teachers’ Association
20. dr. Zsuzsanna Szilágyi, Hungarian Publishers' Association
21. Beáta Tóth, Ministry of National Development