What do a high school student who's a bullying prevention activist, two criminology professors and Safer Internet Day (February 11) have in common? They're all sending the same message that safety and wellbeing online takes all of us. The student Aidan McDaniel the student activist says school safety happens from the ground (the students) up. Social cruelty both online and offline isn't a … [Read more...] about Safer Internet Day 2014: The global safety collaborative
European children "now start going online when they are seven, and 38% of 9-to-12-year-olds who are online say they have a social networking profile, in spite of age restrictions," the European Commission reports. So it has formed "a new Coalition to make a better and safer internet for children" as part of its Digital Agenda for Europe, the Commission announced this week. The coalition's 28 … [Read more...] about Europe’s new coalition for a better Net for kids
It looks like the European Commission will be adding teeth to its interaction with social media companies such as Facebook, whether or not they're headquartered in Europe. In a speech to the European Parliament, the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, warned that "a US-based social network company that has millions of active users in Europe needs to comply with EU rules," according to The … [Read more...] about Europe getting tougher on social sites?
This past week, "the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most universally ratified human rights treaty," the European Commission reports. It adds that "the Convention is the first international legally binding instrument establishing minimum standards for the protection and safeguarding of a full range of civil, political, social, … [Read more...] about UN Child Rights Convention: How about online rights?!
Last week I had the great good fortune of participating in Safer Internet Forum 2009 in Luxembourg. What a fantastic experience, connecting with online-safety experts representing the 27 EU member countries plus Malaysia, Brazil, and New Zealand. I spoke on "Online Safety 3.0" and felt right at home (imagine how confirming it is to have colleagues from Bulgaria and Slovenia come up afterwards and … [Read more...] about Europe’s amazing Internet-safety work