Action 37: Foster self-regulation in the use of online services

What is the problem? Children are not safe online

More and more European children go online via mobile phones and game consoles. More than 50% of 13-16 year olds go online from their bedroom and more than half of 9-16 year olds have a social networking profile. At the same time, young people are a vulnerable group as they do not always see the risks of their online actions such as sharing personal information online or talking to people they have never met in real life. In this rapidly changing context, addressing risks and strengthening the online safety of children is a shared responsibility of individuals as much as of private and public bodies, both at home and globally.

Why is EU action required? EU wide action is needed for children's safety online

Many of the providers of products and services that have an impact on the online safety of children, such as social networking sites, mobile phones, online applications and content or games consoles are global or European players.

A general pan-European approach should be adopted since purely national systems risk producing fragmentation.

What will the Commission do?

In 2012 :

Follow up of CEO coalition's work to make the internet a better place for children

Mid-term review reports of the Coalition published in July.

In the period post the mid-term review , the challenge to the Coalition has been to move from fact finding and establishing baselines for the work towards concrete implementations or recommendations for development.

Launch of European strategy for a better internet for children (see action 36)

In 2013

Publication of 2012 results of the CEO coalition

Continued follow-up of the CEO coalition work