The EUKidsOnline survey was conducted in 25 countries with more than 25 000 children and one of their parents between April and August 2010. The survey is part of the EUKidsOnline II project, funded by the Safer Internet Programme and coordinated by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Initial findings were released in October 2010 (see IP/10/1368).
The "Benchmarking of parental control tools for the online protection of children" project has been funded by the EU's Safer Internet Programme since 2006.
The tools included in this project were analysed with settings for two age groups: 10 year olds and younger and 11+ year olds in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish between September and October 2010. The tools were tested according to 4 criteria:
- Functionality: is the tool compatible with the operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac OS)? Can it filter web content according to keywords, topics, URLs? Can it block or monitor access to the Internet, emails, chats, instant messaging tools?
- Security: can the tool be easily disabled or by-passed by technology-savvy youngsters?
- Effectiveness: can the tool fully block websites with unsuitable material for children or can these sites still be accessed? Does it also block good content for children? Is it available in languages users are confident with? Can it properly filter blogs, forums, and social networking sites?
- Usability: Can both beginner and advanced users install the tool on their computer? Is the installation process too complex? Is it easy for the parent and child to understand when a website was blocked?
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