The role and members of the Internet Roundtable for Child Protection

Last updated: 11 November 2022

The Internet Roundtable for Child Protection was established on 1 March 2014, on the basis of the 2013 amendment to Act CVIII of 2001 on certain issues of electronic commerce services and information society services.

The 21-member advisory board aims to promote the protection of minors online and support the work of the President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority. To this end, it develops position papers and recommendations on the promotion of child-friendly internet use, including the effective use of filtering software and raising media awareness among children and their parents.

The organisation has no power to create binding legal standards, but it can become an effective player in media regulation by promoting self-regulation and sharing good practice. The board is also empowered to examine individual cases. Anyone can turn to them if they find that a content provider is sharing information that could seriously harm the mental or psychological development of minors, for example through cruel depictions of violence or graphic depictions of sexuality, without taking child protection aspects into account.

The President of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority appointed two members and the chairperson of the board on the basis of his own nomination, eight members on the basis of recommendations from child protection organisations, further eight members on the basis of recommendations from professional associations active in the internet market, and two members on the basis of proposals from the respective ministries, in accordance with the provisions of the law. The chairperson and the 20 members of the roundtable are appointed for a three-year term and are not remunerated for their work.

Current Members of the Internet Roundtable for Child Protection

  1. dr. Eszter Lipták, National Media and Infocommunications Authority, Chair of the Roundtable
  2. dr. Katalin Baracsi, Hungarian Association of Law and Political Sciences
  3. dr. Dorina Csalár, National Media and Infocommunications Authority
  4. dr. Magdolna Csömör, Communications Reconciliation Council
  5. dr. Erika Gaskóné Nagy, Digital Child Protection Strategy
  6. István Gulyás, Ministry of Culture and Innovation
  7. dr. Imre Hegyesi, Ministry of the Interior
  8. Ferenc Kéry, Hungarian Communications Association
  9. Kőrösné dr. Márta Mikis, Association of Teachers of Informatics and Computer Science
  10. Antónia Mészáros, UNICEF National Committee for Hungary
  11. László Molnár, Family, Child, Youth Public Benefit Association
  12. dr. Ádám Németh, National Council for Communications and Information Technology
  13. dr. Tibor Németh, Association of Hungarian Electronic Broadcasters
  14. Veronika Pelle, National Media and Infocommunications Authority
  15. dr. Ilona Pócsik, MédiaSmart Association
  16. Anna Szenthe-Tormássi, Catholic Pedagogical Institute
  17. dr. Zsuzsanna Szilágyi, Hungarian Newspaper Publishers' Association
  18. Orsolya Táler, Blue Line Children's Crisis Foundation
  19. Miklós Thaisz, Hungarian School Sport Federation
  20. Móni Lisa Tibenszky, School for Responsible Parents
  21. Lászlóné Ványi, András Cházár Centre for Unified Therapeutic Pedagogical Methodology, Home for Students and Children