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Kids Not Using Privacy Settings

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—EU

April 18, 2011

Many children using social networking sites don't employ privacy settings, making them vulnerable to stalkers and other risks, according to EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes. The Associated Press reports that EU data show 77 percent of 13 to 16 year olds and 38 percent of nine to 12 year olds are on social networks, but 25 percent don't use privacy settings, and many display phone numbers and addresses. "These children are placing themselves in harm's way, vulnerable to stalkers and groomers," Kroes said. She is urging social networking sites to make minors' profiles accessible only to designated "friends" by default.
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