• Internet essentials
    Speech28 June 2011

    OECD High Level Meeting on the Internet Economy, Paris, 28 June 2011.

  • Only two social networking sites protect privacy of minors' profiles by default
    Press release21 June 2011

    Only two social networking sites (Bebo and MySpace) tested on behalf of the European Commission have default settings to make minors' profiles accessible only to their approved list of contacts and only 4 sites ensure minors can be contacted by default by friends only (Bebo, MySpace, Netlog and SchuelerVZ). However, a majority of 14 social networking sites tested do give minors age-appropriate safety information, respond to requests for help and prevent minors' profiles from being searched via external search engines. The number of minors using social networking sites in the EU is growing - currently 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds who use the Internet.

  • Digital Agenda: "Best children's online content" competition winners
    Press release17 June 2011

    Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda has presented awards to the creators of the best online content, intelligent games, interactive online magazines or websites aimed at under 12 year olds. The Commission, together with Safer Internet Centres from 14 countries, received 780 projects in response to the "Best children's online content" competition, designed to encourage the creation of quality content and to highlight the existing potential for kids online. This first competition was open to young people and adults, NGOs, public and commercial organisations. Three winners in each of the two categories (young people and adults) received the awards. Winners came from Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland.

  • 2nd European Summit on the Future Internet
    Event6 June 2011 to 7 June 2011

    One year after the 1st European Summit on the Future Internet, which took place in Luxembourg, the pace of technological development has continued unabated. Multiple initiatives have been launched worldwide in an attempt to identify the business and technological opportunities as well as the challenges that lie ahead in the transition to Internet enabled smart infrastructures. The 2nd European Summit on the Future Internet will be held on the 6th June 2011 and will provide a natural forum for the presentation and discussion of the issues, trends and actions confronting the future of the Internet. The summit will be the focal point for the exchange and sharing of lessons learnt and for the presentation and discussion of some of the developments that have taken place in the domain of smart cities. Particular emphasis will be given to presenting the first set of successful projects from the Future Internet PPP call. Future Internet Summit Award: Please see the open call for Innovative Ideas on the conference website!

  • Statement by Vice-Presidents Viviane Reding and Neelie Kroes on International Missing Children's Day
    Press release25 May 2011

    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
    Press release18 April 2011

    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
    Speech8 February 2011

    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 release8 February 2011

    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 release7 February 2011

    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
    Press release13 January 2011

    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.