European Data Protection Digest

Surveys: Kids At Risk Online

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—EU

February 11, 2011

While the UK Information Commissioner's Office has announced ongoing efforts as part of the international initiative "The i in online" to teach children about the importance of protecting their personal information on the Internet, recent EU surveys indicate children are still at risk. EurActiv reports on survey findings, including statistics that show 80 percent of 15- and 16-year-olds go online every day, and 59 percent of all European children have a profile on a social networking site. However, the report notes, almost half "admitted that they have no idea how to change the privacy settings of their profiles." EU legislative initiatives aimed at Internet safety for children are expected in the months ahead.
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