Berlin/Nuremberg, May 16, 2008
Young people from seven European countries convened from May 14 – 16, 2008 on invitation of Stiftung Digitale Chancen at the Stempferhof near Nuremberg, to exchange their thoughts with international experts about the Internet of the future and to reflect how safety as well as fun on the web could be achieved.
A user profile on myspace.com, photos of the last party on flickr.com and videos on YouTube mean fun for young people, but many parents and teachers are concerned about potential consequences. The Youth Protection Roundtable gathered representatives of European children's welfare organisations as well as representatives of European commercial companies to discuss technical tools and educational measures that could improve youth protection on the internet. For the first time, the Young Roundtable of young people aged 15 to 19 years joined the meeting to share their understanding of online safety.
Internet safety is a hot topic for the young people, many of them have been faced with online content they felt uncomfortable with, some have even experienced grooming and/or cyberbullying. The young people brought with them their well-thought ideas on how to help solve these problems. Indeed they believe that their peers are the better consultants for web safety. Whilst adults are able to assess the risks occurring in the real world they are often less acquainted with the virtual reality their children are living in. Digital literacy and training are therefore required for children and youth but also for adults to ensure that they benefit from the Internet in their everyday life, school and work.
Another type of safety training was provided to the Roundtable when secured with harnesses and snap hooks the young and the adult experts had a nice time exploring the climbing garden in Pottenstein.
The Young Roundtable attendance was made possible by Vodafone, Microsoft und F-Secure.
Photos are provided under www.digitale-chancen.de/presse, as well as podcasts under http://www.yprt.eu/podcast
Stiftung Digitale Chancen
Jutta Croll, Managing Director
10623 Berlin, Germany
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