Sheikh Saif bin Zayed urged the global community to enact and pass strong laws to protect children in the digital world.
Children are online more than ever before and that exposes them to risks.
The UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior said stronger legislation could protect children in the virtual world and help them to keep pace with challenges that come with technological development.
He spoke at a virtual meeting on Wednesday that aimed to discuss solutions and ways to support international efforts for protecting children.
The meeting was organised by the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Unicef, and Save the Children.
Sheikh Saif said countries needed to come together and find solutions to ensure a better future for all children.
"We support every plan that will help humanity create a safer environment for children, a more stable community and more coherent families," Sheikh Saif said.
“Children face considerable challenges in the modern world, and everyone has the legal, ethical and humanitarian responsibility to protect them and provide them with a suitable environment that will ensure their fundamental rights to health, education, food, clothing and housing.”
Families should give the right values to children, and governments should pass laws that build a safe and stable environment for children, he said.