The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children
On 02 May 2012 the Commission adopted the Communication for a "Strategy for a Better Internet for Children". You can read it in English, German or French. Further language versions will be available in the next days.
Read the Commission press release.
Read the Citizens' summary in your own language.
Although the Internet was not created for children, they are using it at an increasingly younger age. 4 in 10 children report having encountered risks online such as cyber-bullying, being exposed to user-generated content promoting anorexia or self-harm or misuse of their personal data. While by 2015 it is expected that 90% of jobs across all sectors will require technology skills, only 25% of young people across the EU say they have "high" levels of basic Internet skills (such as using the Internet to make phone calls, create a web page, or use peer-to-peer file sharing).
The Commission has set out a plan to give children the digital skills and tools they need to benefit fully and safely from the digital world. The internet was not designed with children in mind, but today 75% of children use the internet, a third of them on mobiles. The new strategy is to build up the market for interactive, creative and educational content online, in a partnership between the European Commission and Member States, mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and providers of social networking services.
The measures outlined in the strategy build on ongoing EU actions in this field. For example, the easy-to-use mechanisms for children, parents and teachers to report harmful content and conduct online will complement the 116 missing children hotlines (see IP/07/188) and the European Cybercrime Centre's future network of national cybercrime alert platforms (see IP/12/317).