Safer Internet and online technologies for children

In April 2007 the European Commission launched a public consultation concerning how to proceed with the work on making Internet a safe place for children. People could download the questionnaire, answer it and send it to the Commission by e-mail.

One question was : «Which should be the means of fighting the production and distribution of illegal content, in particular child sexual abuse material, and what stakeholders should take initiatives (industry, governments, NGOs, financial institutions etc.)? Please suggest ways in which the different stakeholders can contribute in fighting against production and online distribution of illegal content.»

Dr. Beata Godejord (formerly Dziedzic) and I answered as follows: «In our opinion the most important means are the use of various projects and tools that might create awareness of the problem of sexual abuse of children in digital media. This can be done by all stakeholders, and one example is the Norwegian Child Sexual Abuse Anti Distribution Filter. When an Internet user types an address in his/her browser or clicks a link to an URL that is in the filter, the ISP redirects the browser to a specific page instead of the desired address – the so called “stop-page”. This contains information about what kind of content the user tried to access, links to Norwegian legislation and contact information for the police. Other means are awareness projects directed by Higher Education Institutions, where the aim is to give Computer- and Teacher Education students, parents, and teachers in various levels of the national educational system knowledge about the field of sexual abuse of children, so as to rise their awareness and enable them to pass this knowledge and awareness along both other students, professionals and parents, and to the rest of our society. One example of such a project is „Project Getting Involved“, that is implemented in the computer science and teacher education at Nesna University College, Norway and in the Media and Information Technologies education at the University of Zielona Gora, Poland»

You may read the rest of our answers on the Safer Internet Program page.


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