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November 21, 2012

EU, US commit to make internet safe for kids

Groundwork for the declaration was prepared by the EU-US Working Group on cyber-security and cyber-crime

By CBR Staff Writer

European Union and US Department of Homeland Security have signed a joint declaration to make internet safe for children.

As part of the declaration, both EU and the US will cooperate in fighting child sexual abuse on line.

The initiative will build on the existing Virtual Global Taskforce and Interpol on law enforcement to fight child sexual abuse worldwide.

The declaration suggested that the children, their parents, and teachers should be aware of risks while browsing and should have the required skill to get benefit of Internet.

The joint declaration also suggested that parents and guardians need to trust the content and services their children access and need to work with industry and other stakeholders to help them making informed choices online

As a first step, the US Department of Homeland Security intends to participate in the EU’s Safer Internet Day for young people on 5 February next year.

US has also committed that Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Commerce and other federal agencies will collaborate to strengthen cyber-security and fight cyber-crime.

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Earlier this week a survey in the US found that about 18% of parents believe that their children between age group of 9-12 have their own social networking profile, and the country is considering to revise its COPPA law to ensure safety of kids.

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