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Creating a Better Internet for Kids

Keeping kids safe and empowered as they explore the digital world.

Children start using the Internet from the age of 7. Eighty eight minutes is the average time 9-16 year olds spend online. Children need quality content online to stimulate their imagination and help them learn, but they also need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly.

The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to have every European digital. Children have particular needs and vulnerabilities on the Internet, which we need to deal with so that the Internet becomes a place of opportunities for children to access knowledge, to communicate, to develop their skills and to improve their job perspectives and employability.

The "Strategy for a Better Internet for Children" proposes a series of actions to be undertaken by the Commission, Member States and by the whole industry value chain.

A win-win situation

  • With the proposed measures in place, children will benefit from better digital and media literacy skills and more creative and educational online content.
  • Parents and children will benefit from better ways of staying safe online, such as simple, effective tools for reporting abuse, age appropriate privacy settings, content classification schemes and parental controls.
  • Society at large would benefit from better procedures for identifying, notifying and taking down child sexual abuse material found online.

 

More information can be found at:

  • Safer Internet Programme: Empowering and Protecting Children Online
  • Insafe: European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.

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