Published on: 24.04.08
Source: EurActiv Network
Leading Internet and telecoms firms have confederated together with the European Commission in the fight against cyberbullying by launching a new website, which is showing teachers how to spot inappropriate use of the Internet and mobile phones by children.
The website http://teachtoday.eu/ is mainly addressed to teachers and aims to increase their awareness of online dangers as well as make the best use of new technologies for educational purposes.
The initial situation was that child pornography and sexual grooming on the Internet and mobile phones is becoming an issue of growing concern. More than third of the European children aged between 10 and 11 have regular access to the Internet, so the Commission; it rises to 85% for 12 and 13-year-olds. Over half of them have a mobile phone and nearly 20% admit to having been bullied via these new technologies. Almost all admit to having been exposed to pornographic images on the Internet.
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