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Published on 05-02-13

For its tenth edition, Safer Internet Day – an EU initiative to keep kids safe online – is going to 90 countries around the world. The initiative seeks to stop children's exposure to harmful material and curtail online bullying. It brings together key players in the digital arena, a lot of them private companies. (like Telefónica, Vodafone, Facebook and many more). In 2009, their combined efforts brought the first "report abuse" button on social networks. The partners are currently looking how to equip all devices (including smart phones, tablets and games consoles) with a similar functionality and parental controls.

    Next year the EU and the United States will mark the day on the same date. If you want to be part of the action today, the UK Safer Internet Centre is broadcasting live for twelve hours. and you can tweet to @SID2013radio

    The average age for first going online in Europe is seven. 38% of 9 to 12 year olds who are online say they have a social networking profile, in spite of age restrictions. More than 30% of children who go online do so from a mobile device and 26% via game consoles. 4 in 10 children report having encountered risks online such as cyber-bullying, being exposed to user-generated content promoting anorexia or self-harm or misuse of their personal data.

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