They way children use the Internet and mobile technologies has changed dramatically in the past years. At the same time, the internet can open a wide range of opportunities for youngsters when used safely and responsibly. In order to ensure that children, parents and teachers have access to the right tools and information for a safe use of the internet and new technologies, we support industry self-regulation. This enables industry to create a system by which they can deal rapidly with any security challenges that may arise.
The Alliance to better protect minors online is a self-regulatory initiative aiming to improve the online environment for children and young people. The framework of the Alliance is set in a Statement of Purpose, announced during Safer Internet Day 2017, in which companies agreed to curb harmful content, harmful conduct and harmful contact (cyberbullying, sexual extortion and exposure to violent content), through three strands of action:
Companies signatories to the Coalition committed to take positive action throughout 2012 in 5 areas:
The work plan of the Coalition, annexed to the Statement of Purpose, contains deadlines and performance indicators for each of these action points. One year after its launch, the CEO Coalition has made its first recommendations to make the internet a better and safer place for kids.
Signatory companies: Apple, BSkyB, BT, Dailymotion, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, France Telecom - Orange, Google, Hyves, KPN, Liberty Global, LG Electronics, Mediaset, Microsoft, Netlog, Nintendo, Nokia, Opera Software, Research In Motion, RTL Group, Samsung, Skyrock, Stardoll, Sulake, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Telecom Italia, Telenor Group, Tuenti, Vivendi and Vodafone.
The Safer Social Networking Principles are a self-regulatory agreement signed by the major social networking services providers active in Europe, which have committed to implement measures to ensure the safety of minors on their services.
The adoption of the Principles is the result of the Social Networking Task Force, convened in 2008. 18 of Europe's major social networks as well as researchers and child welfare organizations were invited to discuss ways to improve the safety of children using social networks. The objective was the development of a set of guidelines for use of social networks by youngsters, to be adopted voluntarily by the European industry.
A commitment was reached to set guiding principles for safer social networking, which have been signed by 21 companies.
The full text of the Safer Social Networking Principles can be found here.
The European Framework is the result of discussions held in a High Level Group, which sets out a series of measures the signatories commit to implement on their services thoughout Europe, including:
National codes have been signed also based on the European Framework