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  • Statement by Vice-Presidents Viviane Reding and Neelie Kroes on International Missing Children's Day
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    European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said: "The pan-European hotline number 116 000 is a crucial tool for finding missing children. Today, 25th May, marks the deadline for EU Member States to implement new telecoms rules requiring them to 'make every effort to ensure that citizens have access to a service operating a hotline to report cases of missing children', and stipulating that 'the hotline shall be available on the number 116 000'".
  • Children using social networks at a younger age; many unaware of basic privacy risks, says survey
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    77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have a profile on a social networking site, according to a pan-European survey carried out for the European Commission. Yet, a quarter of children who use social networking sites like Facebook, Hyves, Tuenti, Nasza-Klasa SchuelerVZ, Hi5, Iwiw or Myvip say their profile is set to "public" meaning that everyone can see it, and many of these display their address and/or phone number. The figures highlight the importance of the European Commission's upcoming review of the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU. This agreement was brokered by the Commission in 2009 when major social networking companies agreed to implement measures to ensure the online safety of their under 18s users. Children's safety online is an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
  • Safer Internet Day 2011: protecting children online
    Child Focus, Safer Internet Centre in Belgium, Safer Internet Day, 8 February, 2011
  • Digital Agenda: Commission to step up efforts to safeguard children online
    Press releases
    On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online. Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games. Children are going online from a younger age and not just from computers, but also games consoles and mobile phones. More than 82 % of 15-16 year olds in Europe have a social networking profile, as well as 26 % of 9-10 year olds. Safer Internet Day is being marked today in more than 65 countries around the world under the slogan "Internet is more than a game, it's your life!". This is supported by the EU's Safer Internet Programme, which helps parents and their children to be safe online. Children's safety online is an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
  • Nearly one third of internet users in the EU27 caught a computer virus - 84% of internet users use IT security software for protection
    Press releases
    In connection with the Safer Internet Day on 8 February 2011, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, presents a selection of statistics concerning internet security. The Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive to promote a safer Internet for all users, in particular children and young people, and is organised by INSAFE, a European internet safety network co-funded by the European Commission.
  • Survey highlights strengths and weaknesses of parental control programmes
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    Results from a study released today by the European Commission show that while a healthy 84% of the software programs tested enable parents to block access to certain websites, they are less efficient at filtering so-called web 2.0 content such as social networking sites or blogs. In addition, only a few products on the market are able to filter web content accessed via mobile phones or game consoles, at a time when one child out of four in Europe goes online in this way. In parallel, an EUKIdsOnline survey, also funded by the EU's Safer Internet Programme, found that only a quarter of EU parents use parental control software to monitor, track or filter what their children can do online. The publication of these surveys serves to raise awareness of the importance of protecting children from certain Internet content while giving parents an objective view of which parental control software is the most effective. The Commission is committed to helping parents and their children keep safe online as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
  • 6th Future Internet Assembly
    16/12/2010 to 17/12/2010
    The 6th Future Internet Assembly will take place in Ghent (Belgium) on 16-17 December. The topics of this FIA have been selected along the suggestions given by the community and resulted in a balanced set of sessions addressing technological, social and economic issues of the Future Internet together with possible application scenarios. A novelty of this edition of FIA will be the demonstrations that are organised jointly with ServiceWave ( and FIRE ( FIA Ghent will be part of the Future Internet Conference Week, from 13-17 December 2010, a series of events concerning different aspects of the Future Internet and will be collocated with iMinds, an event with focus on Information Technology innovation that the host (IBBT) organises yearly with great success ( Register now at the conference website for any event you are interested in during the week.
  • Conference on Privacy and Scientific Research
    This conference, organised by the Belgian Privacy Commission, will take place in the context of the 2010 Belgian EU presidency and focuses on several target groups: the European data protection authorities, national and international academics and researchers. Two areas of scientific research will be examined: historical and clinical-medical research. The conference is primarily intended as a discussion forum on best practices in both areas, workshops will therefore be organised alongside the traditional plenary sessions.
  • Digital Agenda Stakeholder Day
    The Digital Agenda, Europe's new strategy for the digital economy, was published in May and it is now time to discuss how to put it into practice. The 101 actions announced in the Digital Agenda are not just a "to do" list for the European Commission – it is a call for everyone to join in. The idea is to create a broad movement to make the Digital Agenda evolve as a dynamic instrument to meet the challenges of the information society: copyright, broadband, privacy, security, health, research, etc. You are invited to join the debate together with Vice-President Neelie Kroes on how to make the Digital Agenda a reality.
  • Digital Agenda: survey of children's Internet use; competition for high quality online content
    Press releases
    Children in Europe are on average starting to use the Internet at the age of 7 but only one in three 9-12 year olds feel that there are enough "good things for kids" of their age online, according to a pan-European survey published by the European Commission. The study also shows that one in eight children have upsetting experiences online and they still lack skills and confidence using Internet. To help deal with these problems, the Commission has launched a competition to encourage the creation of online high quality content for children. The Commission is committed to helping parents and their children keep safe online as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.