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Safer internet shielding benchmark

The European Commision's 'Safer Internet Plan' provides funding to deal with illegal and harmful content, to support the regulation and decisions of the EU. It encourages self-regulation and supports a European network of safer internet awareness centres. It ran between 1999 and 2002 and is in May 2003 extended till 31 December 2004, with a budget increase of 13.3 million euros. It has since been renewed from January 2005 till December 2009.

This programme supports a network of hotlines in Europe where illegal content can be reported. It also aims to ensure more extensive interfacing with national programmes and actions, improved exchange of information and best practice between countries. It is recently extended to new online technologies, including mobile and broadband content, online games, peer-to-peer file transfer, and all forms of real-time communications such as chat rooms and instant messages primarily. It also covers a broader range of areas of illegal and harmful content and conduct of concern, including racism and violence.

The Safer Internet Programme aims to promote safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, and to fight against illegal content and content unwanted by the end-user, as part of a coherent approach by the European Union. Deloitte and K.U.Leuven are currently carrying out a 3-year study to provide an expert, vendor/supplier independent and objective assessment of technical solutions.

Rather than simply repeating several benchmarks on parental control products & services have already been performed by various parties and making a table comparison of the parental control products & services available on the market, the Safer Internet Plan Benchmark aims:

  • to improve awareness of solutions and promote best practice
  • to provide guidance to parents / educators
  • to steer software vendors and services providers
  • to make a clear distinction between:
    • Age 6-10 years
    • Age 11-14 years
    • Age 15-16 years
The project thereby considers all Internet-based push and pull protocols and applications, including protocols for browsing, e-mail, download, peer-to-peer file transfer, chat, instant messaging, and consider potentially future applications and protocols.
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Available on the website since April 18, 2007