Many thanks to all delegates who attended The European Child Safety Online Conference 2012 hosted by Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company and eNACSO on 15th November. The event brought together representatives from all the key stakeholders for a full and frank discussion on existing and future measures undertaken to protect young people online.
There is no doubt that the internet has created a wide range of beneficial opportunities for children and young people in Europe. Increasingly, European children are starting to go online at a younger age, with a recent report suggesting that the average age to start is seven. Given these trends, European policymakers and industry have a responsibility to protect children from the threats and risks that the internet may pose.
This conference discussed opportunities to address these risks in light of the Commission’s recently released 'European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children' and other existing initiatives concerning young people and the internet, including the ‘CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids’. We also explored current regulatory and technology challenges as well as opportunities to respond in this fast evolving and dynamic environment.
For more information about the conference or next year's edition, please contact Anne-Lise Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org/ +44 (0) 2920 783 023.