The Coalition of top tech & media companies to make internet better place for children was launched in December 2011.
What is the problem? Children are not safe online
More and more European children go online via mobile phones and game consoles. More than 50% of 13-16 year olds go online from their bedroom and more than half of 9-16 year olds have a social networking profile. At the same time, young people are a vulnerable group as they do not always see the risks of their online actions such as sharing personal information online or talking to people they have never met in real life. In this rapidly changing context, addressing risks and strengthening the online safety of children is a shared responsibility of individuals as much as of private and public bodies, both at home and globally.
Why is EU action required? EU wide action is needed for children's safety online
Many of the providers of products and services that have an impact on the online safety of children, such as social networking sites, mobile phones, online applications and content or games consoles are global or European players.
A general pan-European approach should be adopted since purely national systems risk producing fragmentation.
What has the Commission done so far?
- Launch of European strategy for a Better Internet for Children (see action 36)
- Brokerage and follow up of CEO Coalition's work to make the Internet a better place for kids
- Summary reports of the work carried out and company statements of the Coalition's members were published on Safer Internet Day 2013.
What the Commission will do in 2014:
- Continued follow-up of the CEO coalition work through thematic/technical meetings.
- Promote dialogue between youth and industry.