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How do we keep Every European child safe online?

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One out of three youngsters gets connected via their mobile phones and one in four via game consoles, according to EUKidsOnline, a pan-European survey funded by the Safer Internet Programme. 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have a profile on a social networking site. At the same time, the survey shows that half of younger children lack basic safety skills such as knowing how to set privacy settings or block unwanted contacts.

— Posted by Alina Radu, DG INFSO, Project Officer Safer Internet, Workshop organiser at the Digital Agenda Assembly

One out of three youngsters gets connected via their mobile phones and one in four via game consoles, according to EUKidsOnline, a pan-European survey funded by the Safer Internet Programme. 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have a profile on a social networking site. At the same time, the survey shows that half of younger children lack basic safety skills such as knowing how to set privacy settings or block unwanted contacts.

In response to changing patterns of technology used by youngsters, the Commission, through the Digital Agenda for Europe, committed to launch a review of the current self-regulatory agreements it brokered in the field of online child safety (the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU and the European Framework for safe mobile use by younger teenagers and children) and foster multi-stakeholder dialogue.

At the Digital Agenda Assembly (#daa11eu), the workshop "Every European child safe online" is part of this multi-stakeholder dialogue that aims at creating a collaborative platform where all interested parties can share their views on what they see as new developments and challenges in the field and on how these could be best responded to in order to ensure the empowerment and protection of minors when using new technologies.

Manufacturers of mobile devices and game consoles, Internet service providers, social networking companies, mobile applications and content providers, consumer organisations, researchers and childrens' organisations, youth, parents and teachers were invited to join and participate in discussions. All input received during the workshop is expected to feed into the development of new industry initiatives in self-regulation.

This workshop is expected to support the delivery of action 37 of the Digital Agenda.

At the same time, the EUKidsOnline survey showed that while children in Europe are on average starting to use the Internet at the age of 7 but only one in three 9-12 year olds feel that there are enough "good things for kids" of their age online. This is why the Commission and Safer Internet Centres in 14 countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) run a competition for the European Award for Best Children's Online Content.

You can have a look at the national nominees who compete for the European Award that will be handed on 17 June, during the coffee break of the workshop "Every European child safe online".

You can follow discussions and share your ideas on Twitter using the #daa11safeonline  hashtag!

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"One out of three youngsters gets connected via their mobile phones and one in four via game consoles" I am sure this is totally true, more and more kids are now playing online and offline games, is it due to a problem in our society? Or just part of the technologic evolution of the human creations? And this Survey is right, very young kids are going online now, but I have also noticed that they become very smart very young. They now have access to a wide range of information that their own parents could not get at that time(or were forced to go to a library...but still, it was a slow process). The only problem with internet is the amount of junk information and truth out there, this is a real problem, it would have been so good to have a new domain name with only scientifically proven news, this way you are sure to get the right info. Benoit
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I totally agree with you Benoit, Internet is a huge informational platform, but it becomes harder and harder to find real information. A lot of people are using this tool to pass the wrong messages to our children. I think Internet should be more protected, I believe that the gouvernement should use the Google database in order to scroll for targetted keywords, when the keywords are being found multiple times on a website, investigationo should be launched and then kick the site off Google or whatever search engine we have. I have myself a 3 years old daughter and will take my time with her and internet, I don't mind she plays on a console but at the moment letting a child alone on the net is too risky. Thanks for sharing,   Lorraine
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It's much easier to say how children should be monitored and kept safe online but it's far more difficult to implement a viable program that actually works without completely censoring the internet. I think the best way to go about it would be to teach children at a young age and explain to them how dangerous the internet can be.
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While it is impossible to really check and attend to you child all the time while having his/her time, it would be wise for the parents to really dedicate some time and observe and guide their child and perhaps recommend things that really is worth the time and not just playing some violent games but more of an education type ones like this
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I agree with your topic. This is not only our kids' problem parents are also responsible for that. We give them so much access to use this. I think all parents have to encourage their kids to do more creative games.

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I think it's very good to keep children safe. They are the future!

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If your child has an account in any of the social media, make sure that he/ she has properly set the privacy and block the unwanted users. Girls are the victim of all these fake friendship ad affairs. If they know to limit themselves, there won’t be any harm.
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European countries are mostly famous for their inventions and their outstanding new creations. Mostly they are focusing more on the digital technology and its impacts that can make the world more attractive and the works easier. Safety is something that makes your life secure and enjoyable. To create several new techniques people are wondering for the help of technology. Just like people like to make their images and photos lively and for that uses the digital technology as the wall.
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