The European Commission launched a public consultation on 12 April 2007 into ways of making online technologies such as Internet, mobile phones, game consoles and digital TV, safer for children to use. The consultation concentrates on three areas: illegal content , harmful content and user-generated content and on-line communication. The Commision is following on from its Safer Internet plus programme, which will end in 2008 and will use the information gathered for assessing which is the best way to address online technology safety in the future.
Unlike the USA, where children are protected under the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Deleting Online Predators Act, there is no specific piece of legislation in the UK that protects minors from being targeted through online technologies. The consultation will be welcome in a number of quarters and may lead to tougher legislation across Europe to protect children.
The consultation will be open until 7 June 2007.