Social networking sites, chat rooms, online gaming – all ways for people to socialise, but when it’s children, the question is: who are they socialising with?
"The EU has greatly contributed to making the internet a safer place for children in the past years, but the job is not finished yet," explained information society commissioner, Viviane Reding. With the new programme, Europe will lead the field in protecting youngsters from online abuse.
To make sure the proposals are relevant to how children really use the internet and mobile phones, they are based on recommendations made by young people themselves at the safer internet day youth forum
With a budget of €55m, the proposed new programme will:
But is this all really necessary? Do children really underestimate the risks they run? An in-depth survey in 2007 showed that while children use the internet and mobile phones creatively and are aware of the precautions they need to take, many admitted to risky behaviour. Some acknowledged they had been bullied while online and others that they had had contact with strangers.