Today, children in Europe are going online on different devices even younger than few years ago. They start using the Internet before being able to read or write. Internet use has become more mobile and personalized. At the same time, many young children say there are not enough good things for them to do online. There is no doubt that in today's environment children need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly.
In May 2012 we set out a European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children to give children the digital skills and tools they need to fully and safely benefit from being online. It also aims to unlock the potential of the market for interactive, creative and educational online content. The strategy proposes a series of actions grouped around the following main goals:
- Stimulate the production of creative and educational online content for children as well as promoting positive online experiences for young children;
- Scaling up awareness and empowerment including teaching of digital literacy and online safety in all EU schools;
- Create a safe environment for children through age-appropriate privacy settings, wider use of parental controls and age rating and content classification;
- Combat child sexual abuse material online and child sexual exploitation.
The strategy brings together the European Commission and Member States with mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and providers of social networking services to deliver concrete solutions for a better internet for children.
We will carry out its tasks mainly through the implementation of the Connecting Europe Facility, the instrument for co-funding the digital service infrastructure for making a better internet for children, but also through other programmes such as H2020.
The strategy document is available in 22 official languages.