Child online safety plans unveiled by Brussels
Published: 4th May 2012 11:26:25
The European Commission is considering setting up an age-based authentication system that limits where children can visit online.
The system is part of a series of proposals Brussels has put forward to make the net safer for children.
It says children are in danger of finding inappropriate material because ways to control where they can go are "fragmented".
More details of the authentication scheme will be published on 30 May.
In its draft proposals, the commission warns that neglecting protections for children could have a "profound impact" on European societies.
It says children's particular needs and vulnerabilities must be addressed so the net becomes a place of opportunities for them. It also notes that a uniform set of protections would help European businesses aiming services at children.
"Young people are particularly at ease with the use of the internet but they are still vulnerable to online threats," said Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for Home Affairs. "It is our duty as parents to keep our children safe - and this includes on the web."
Current child safety measures taken by member states covering parental controls, rating content and reporting illegal content are "insufficient", according to the report.
Many controls, such as filters for web pages, only work well for English, it says, and in some sectors - such as mobile apps - rating, filtering and control systems are almost non-existent.
The report also says there is a dearth of sites specifically aimed at children where they can go to learn and play, or ones which stimulate creativity and critical thinking.
It proposes a plan - via legislation, self-regulation and research grants - to create an online "ecosystem" that keeps children safe but does not make going online too dull.
The commission plans to spend more on efforts in schools that tell people how to stay safe online and educate them about ways to use the net. It will also fund research into sites designed to stimulate children.
Active protection systems have to go alongside this, it says, and Brussels expects net firms to bring in "transparent default age-appropriate privacy settings".
It also wants industry to create a system that can electronically authenticate and identify children to ensure they do not stray onto inappropriate sites or see material unsuitable for them.
To back this up, the commission will later this year unveil a framework for the electronic authentication system that is based around age. This will help with both data protection and child safety, it says.
More details of the proposals are expected to be published at the end of May. The draft proposal comes as the UK starts a consultation on how to stop children viewing pornography online.
At 00:58:17 in SportAndy Murray is set to retain Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.
At 00:55:37 in HealthParacetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill, research in the Lancet suggests.
At 00:52:12 in EnglandAerial photographs which show the impact of World War One on the UK landscape have been released as part of a project to mark the war's centenary.
At 00:38:36 in PoliticsThe government has developed a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs have warned.
At 00:31:40 in HeadlinesUS death row inmate Joseph Wood has died after an execution in Arizona took nearly two hours to kill him.
At 00:11:21 in BusinessEighteen websites have been suspended and arrests made during a campaign, being revamped on Thursday, against pensions cash "predators".
At 00:04:55 in SportMost sporting stars would probably extol the virtues of competing with the support of a home crowd.
At 00:04:04 in HealthNineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.
At 00:02:09 in ScotlandA study into future uses of the former Scottish National Museum of Costume has identified two preferred options.
At 00:01:56 in HeadlinesPro-Palestinian protesters have disrupted a football match in Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Child online safety plans unveiled by Brussels [Online] (Updated 4th May 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1426533/Child-online-safety-plans-unveiled-by-Brussels [Accessed 24th Jul 2014]
News In Other Categories
A study into future uses of the former Scottish National Museum of Costume has identified two preferred options.
Last-minute preparations are underway for the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at Celtic Park in Glasgow.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Andy Murray is set to retain Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.
TV star Courteney Cox surprised travellers in Londonderry when she arrivied at the city's airport on Wednesday.
The government has developed a "casual attitude" to the human form of "mad cow disease", MPs have warned.