Berlin, 22nd of May 2007 An international Youth Protection Roundtable has been established by the Digital Opportunities Foundation (Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Germany). In the two years to come, a network of international experts will cooperate at the Youth Protection Roundtable to develop recommendations for a safe and secure use of the Internet by children and youths.
On the formation meeting, the Digital Opportunities Foundation presented the first results of an international expert survey.
In the past two months we talked with more than 80 experts from 18 European countries, said Professor Dr. Herbert Kubicek, the scientific director of the foundation.
Control by parents and teaching of media literacy are stated most frequently when talking about measures for protecting minors against inappropriate sexual content or violence on the Internet.
The appropriateness of technical solutions suitable to support parents and pedagogues will be the purpose of the project, which is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Safer Internet Programme. The survey will be continued until the end of June. The questionnaire and further information on the Youth Protection Roundtable as well as on the organisations represented there are available at http://www.yprt.eu
Since 2002 the Digital Opportunities Foundation together with its partner organisations is working on bridging the digital divide. The goal of the foundation is to make people interested in the opportunities of the Internet and to support them in exploring the digital world.
The Digital Opportunities Foundation was founded in January 2002 by AOL Germany and the University of Bremen. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth have taken on the patronage.
Digital Opportunities Foundation / Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Jutta Croll, Managing Director