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EU conference speaks up for kids online rights

‘Building a child-friendly Europe: Turning a vision into reality’ – this was the objective the Council of Europe discussed with its partners at a conference in Monaco in late November 2011. Chaired by Princess Caroline of Monaco, around 200 representatives from governments and civil organisations debated topics such as justice, migration and violence against children. One special focus this year … Continue reading

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Kids on Facebook – privacy first!

The fact that kids under 14 are not allowed to join Facebook does not mean they are not present on the network. They often appear in image galleries published by their proud parents and they are sometimes even shared not only with “friends” but with larger audiences. Just recently, the Californian Social Media giant has even made it possible for … Continue reading

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“Facebook-parties” – a few clicks between fun and drama!

Invitations via Facebook have lead to escalating parties in various countries over the last few months, mostly because the hosts had forgotten to make the event private. In some instances, several thousands of people had accepted the invitation, leading to massive police operations in residential areas and cordoned-off neighbourhoods. In early June, a girl by the name of Thessa in Hamburg, Germany, wanted to celebrate her 16th birthday – she went into hiding after 1,600 revellers arrived in her neighbourhood. Continue reading

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Belgian helpline is live!

The Belgian National Awareness Centre Clicksafe.be has today launched its safer internet helpline. Esafety specialists of various professional backgrounds are offering fast and direct advice on cyber-bullying, grooming, data protection and other eSafety issues. The service addresses especially youngsters, but also parents and teachers are asked to get in touch in case of online issues. Continue reading

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Re:publica – German digital rights society announced

Following countries such as Netherlands and France, also in Germany plans for the foundation of a digital rights organisation have been made public. Markus Beckedahl, one of the organisators of the blogger conference re:publica, will announce its establishment this Wednesday on the opening of the conference in Berlin. The issue of online rights and censorship has been discussed recently – … Continue reading

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Should teachers add their pupils on Facebook?

„Add“ or „ignore“ ones pupils on Facebook – this is the question the Austrian newspaper „Die Presse“ currently deals with in its online presence. Experts recommend an organic, nevertheless consistent approach that takes aims and personality of the respective teacher into account. They point out that teachers are often anxious of social media. “Teacher should use Facebook following their pedagogical … Continue reading

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New research project tackles grooming

The process of grooming – online sexual abuse – is being further investigated through a two-year research project called ROBERT: Risktaking Online Behaviour Empowerment through Research and Training. Nine European research institutions and NGOs work together to clarify what makes young people vulnerable to digital harassment. The innovative approach will not only include interviews with victims of grooming, but also … Continue reading

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Filtering Tools do not live up to their promise

The most filtering tools for harmful online content on the market have a very low effectiveness – given five pages of harmful content, most tools block less than four. This is the key result of a study called SIP Bench II – “Benchmarking of parental control tools for the online protection of children”. Among the 31 tested programs – 26 … Continue reading

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What Teenagers think of Social Networks

“Privacy and social networks do not sit easily together”: this was an opinion expressed in a series of video interviews with young people at the Safer Internet Forum 2010 in Luxembourg. The youngsters questioned, Europeans aged between 14 and 17, reported that they use different social networks for various purposes. They are also aware of possible problems arising from their … Continue reading

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