November 7, 2006

INTERNET: Staying safe online: EU programme leads the way

Staying safe online: EU programme leads the way

An independent evaluation finds that the EU?s Safer Internet programme, which promote safer internet use, particularly for children, has been very effective in tackling illegal and harmful internet content, whilst respecting people?s freedom of expression. The Commission is taking into account the recommendations of these experts, in its implementation of the ?Safer Internet plus? programme in 2007-2008. Meanwhile, the current programme is being used as a model by other regions of the world.

"We have come a long way and very quickly," said Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media. "For many years the Safer Internet programme has been successfully promoting safer use of internet and other online technologies, particularly by children, and fighting illegal and harmful content ranging from child pornography to racism. The Commission has also encouraged industry to be more proactive in dealing with child safety."


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