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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's new safer internet programme builds on existing safeguards and goes further, not only to fight illegal content but also to tackle the bullying and grooming of children.

"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:

  • make it easier to report illegal content and harmful conduct – particularly child abuse material and grooming
  • involve young people in making the online environment safer through youth panels
  • encourage industry self-regulation
  • raise awareness among children, parents and teachers and improve sources of advice and information on best practice
  • bring together researchers working for children's online safety throughout Europe, to share their knowledge build up a base of expertise.

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.

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