EU Lawmakers Approve Online Child Safety Program

Site labels, problem hotlines on the way

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The vote’s been tallied, and the European Union’s new Safer Internet program turned out to be roughly as controversial as claiming that water’s wet.  While almost three percent of members abstained, a full 96 percent of the European Parliament agreed to spend 55 million to protect children online.

The EU will coordinate actions to empower children and protect them
Viviane Reding,
EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media

The 55 million (or $70.5 million) would be doled out between 2009 and 2013.  Part of it would go towards awareness initiatives and research.  Labels proclaiming some sites safe for children would also be established, and contact points and hotlines for reporting illegal and objectionable content are in the works.

Viviane Reding, the EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media, explained these steps by stating, "Today’s children and teenagers face new challenges when they use Web 2.0 services."

She then continued, "The EU will coordinate actions to empower children and protect them. . . .  I am convinced that the new Safer Internet programme will play an important role in our understanding of the challenges regarding online risks for young people and children, and will provide concrete help to many young internet users and their parents."

The program will next go in front of the Council of the European Union, but no hang-ups are expected to occur there.  It should be passed sometime before the end of the year.

EU Lawmakers Approve Online Child Safety Program
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  • http://www.grampasaidso.com/blog Paul Shipgood (Grampa Starling)

    This is great news for our kids online, lets hope the rest of the world catches up sooner rather than later.

  • http://www.petermonroe.com/p-monroe/ Peter Monroe

    How does one make sure that 5-18 year old boys are not bullies?  Seems rather tough to enforce to me.  Especially if it becomes quite large.

    • http://www.safewave.org Steven

      Solving internet bullying online is a formidable task especially as a social network grows. The iLAND5 solution is to #1 start with the sign up process and lets’ make sure we are dealing with just kids and not adults, that’s where the schools come in to verify student identity. Secondly create a network of websites of age grouped kids that helps reduce intimidation. Thirdly provide an anonymous reporting function so the victim is not threatened by retaliation. Fourth, build into the social network the most dynamic word filtering available on the net today that detects Kids language and where the kids help you update the language. Fifth, don’t allow uncensored uploads or ability to copy profile information. Now, take all of that and create an environment of "students for safer schools" within the network that empowers the children to resist, report and work together as a community.


      With all that being said add games, fun, storylines, comic strips and educational help and a way for the kids to provide ideas, apps, videos and you get www.iLAND5.com. A solution that can handle a large community in a safe and fun online network. Please take a look and ask others to do the same, it’s all FREE. Interested in advertising, help us continue to provide this free.


      Steve- CEO SafeWave



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