European children to be ‘protected’ online

Thu 12 February 2009 11:18, Editors

European children to be ‘protected’ online

This Tuesday the European Commission announced the agreement seventeen big internet firms reached to protect European children from abuse on social networking sites.

Companies like Google, Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo Europe joined forces and will start putting a “report abuse” button on their websites. By clicking the button under aged children (those below the age of 18) can report inappropriate contact or conduct.

Another measure that is being taken by the social media-sites involved is that profiles and contact lists of those under 18 will be automatically set to ‘private’. That way it will be harder to get in touch with them for those who don’t know them. These pages will not be indexed by search engines to make them not reachable through that way.

The measurements agreed on will be introduced by this april.

Pushed by the European Commission the companies decided to join forces to make a pact against cyberbullying (the harassment on Internet and mobile by other children) and grooming (adults trying to become ‘friends’ with children).

The companies involved are Arto, Bebo, Dailymotion, Facebook, Giovani.it, Google/YouTube, Hyves, Microsoft Europe, Myspace, Nasza-klaza.pl, Netlog, One.lt, Skyrock, StudiVZ, Sulake/Habbo Hotel, Yahoo!Europe and Zap.lu.



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