US cracks down on internet spammers (FT)
Four of the largest US internet service providers filed lawsuits against hundreds of people accused of sending junk e-mail messages, the first broad action under a new US anti-spam law that came into effect on January 1. The new law, known as the Can-Spam Act, criminalises particular tactics that spammers use to send junk e-mail, such as using deceptive subject lines or routing e-mail through third-party computers. AOL was joined in the suit by Microsoft, Earthlink and Yahoo.
Issue no. 302 - 15 February 2004
- DE - State Regulatory Authorities for Broadcasting welcome "Safer Internet Day"
The institutions responsible for the protection of youth on the Internet in Germany welcome 6 February 2004 as Europe's Safer Internet Day. The Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten - DLM (Directors Conference of the German Regulatory Authorities for Broadcasting) and the Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz - KJM (Commission for the Protection of Youth from Harmful Content) of the State Regulatory Authorities for Broadcasting view the Safer Internet public service campaign (www.safer-internet.net) as an important foundation for the protection of youth from harmful content. siehe auch Kampagne für sicheres Internet dringend notwendig - Landesmedienanstalten und Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz begrüßen Safer Internet Day (Pressemitteilung)
- UK - BT launches 'internet green cross code'
An electronic green cross code, providing advice on how to safely use the internet, was launched by British Telecom in a bid to improve public awareness of the risks posed by paedophiles online. The code, which is endorsed by the Home Office and children's charities, provides a simple but comprehensive guide to young people about how to deal with the potential dangers they face online. The guidelines advise children not to give out their personal details, consider carefully why people may be requesting personal information from them, and to tell their parents or teachers about what they get up to online, particularly if they have a bad experience.
Issue no. 301 - 8 February 2004
- AU - Australians Urged to Surf Safely on Safer Internet Day
Australia's Internet safety advisory body NetAlert is urging Australians to take 15 minutes on Safer Internet Day (6 February) to safely explore web sites with their children. "Safer Internet Day promotes children's rights to a safer Internet and there is no more fundamental element of Internet safety than the involvement of parents," Chair of NetAlert Karyn Hart said. By taking the time to share just 15 minutes of a child's Internet experiences on Friday parents will have the opportunity to find out what interests their children online and to flag potential dangers.
- EU - Día Internacional para una Internet Segura
Un total de dieciséis países de la Unión Europea celebran el 'Día Internacional para una Internet Segura', promovido por el programa Internet Segura, iniciativa del proyecto europeo SafeBorders , en el marco del programa 'Safer Internet' de la Comisión Europea. Esta jornada, que se celebra en Australia, Austria, Alemania, Bélgica, Dinamarca, España, Francia, Grecia, Irlanda, Islandia, Italia, Luxemburgo, Noruega, Países Bajos, Portugal, Reino Unido y Suecia, persigue garantizar el derecho de los niños a disfrutar de una Red segura, según informa Internet Segura, programa coordinado por la Fundació Catalana per a la Recerca, que cuenta con la colaboración de la Universidad de Cádiz y UNICEF, entre otras entidades. Búsqueda en Google: "Internet Segura".
- EU celebrates Safer Internet Day 6 February
On 6th February 2004, the Safer Internet Day will be celebrated across Europe. This event focuses on children's rights to a safer Internet as part of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. It showcases existing safer Internet projects, videos and awards developed with the backing of the programme. These programmes involve actors from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Safer Internet project members have contributed to several remarkable achievements. In October 2003 a worldwide child-porn ring was broken up following a tip from the Internet hotline association INHOPE. In November 2003 the new Internet Content Rating Association content filtering platform ICRAplus was launched. Events will be staged simultaneously in 12 European countries (Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom), as well as in Australia. These events involve public authorities, the Internet industry and hundreds of other organisations. Press coverage: see English, Italian, German and French
- UK - Children ignore net chat dangers
Children are still arranging face-to-face meetings with people they talk to online despite warnings about the dangers of internet chatrooms. And 60% of children do not know that people they chat to online might not be who they say they are, a study shows. The findings came to light in research carried out to support Safer Internet Day that is being held on 6 February. see Emerging Trends Amongst Primary School Children's Use of the Internet Executive Summary | Full Report. See also Slipping through the net (Guardian) by Rachel O'Connell.
Issue no. 299 - 24 January 2004
- Euro kids prefer online games to e-mail, music
European kids spend more time playing games on the Internet than sending e-mails or downloading music, according to Safety, Awareness, Facts and Tools (SAFT), an EU-backed body that monitors and advises on how children use the Internet. While the organisation acknowledges that gaming is a 'new and positive element' in kids' lives, it warns parents to watch out of for signs of excessive gameplay, which could lead to 'a form of addiction' and affect children's social lives.
- Of mice and men
In all the recent, endless, fearful discussion about chatrooms and online grooming, attention has focused on teenagers and young children, and how we can best protect them. However, in doing so, we continue to overlook by far the biggest victims of online abuse. With around 50 per cent of British homes now connected to the internet, the truth about chatrooms, online dating and instant messaging is that women are being harassed in their thousands every day, and it's a problem that slips by almost unreported.
Issue no. 298 - 18 January 2004
- UK - Widen the net
A government campaign to improve internet safety is proving successful but more can be done to stop children falling prey to paedophiles, says John Carr. The industry should perhaps be urged to do more to ensure that children are steered towards moderated, or supervised, chat areas, where the chances of coming to grief are much reduced.
Issue no. 297 - 11 January 2004
- UK - Drive to warn of net paedophiles
A £700,000 campaign warning children of paedophiles lurking on the internet has been launched. The government drive features radio, cinema and online advertising urging youngsters to question who they might be communicating with in chat rooms. A radio advertisement features a man posing as a streetwise schoolboy to befriend a child through the internet. The campaign also includes a leaflet telling parents how to set up filtering and monitoring systems for computers. It is the third stage of a £3m Home Office push to protect children online, which started in December 2001. see thinkuknow.co.uk.
Issue no. 295 - 21 December 2003
Issue no. 293 - 7 December 2003
- AU - Mobile Internet safety warning
The rise of mobile capabilities has increased the need for parents to speak with their children about appropriate and safe Internet use, according to Karyn Hart, Chair of Australia's Internet safety body, NetAlert. More information about teaching children to use the Internet safely and appropriately is available on the new NetAlert web site
- DE - Jugendliche sind arglos im Netz
Jugendliche gehen mit dem Thema Sicherheit sorglos und ignorant um. Das ist das Ergebnis der Studie Man weiß nicht, dass man nichts weiß des Bundesamtes für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI). "Obwohl die Hälfte der 12- bis 18-Jährigen das Thema Sicherheit im Internet als wichtig einschätzt, weiß jeder dritte Jugendliche nichts über die Gefahren im Internet", heißt es. Der Unterschied zwischen Mädchen und Jungen sei dabei gravierend: während sich jedes zweite Mädchen nicht auskennt, ist es bei den Jungen jeder Vierte.
- EU - Evaluation of Safer Internet programme 1999 - 2002
The Commission has adopted a communication (COM)2003 653 on the evaluation of the Safer Internet programme 1999 - 2002. DE FR (PDF). The evaluation was carried out by a team of external consultants, who recognised the positive impact of the current programme, particularly in fostering networking and providing a wealth of information about the problems of safer use of the Internet and their solutions and who recommended the continuation of the Community efforts in this area through a follow up programme.
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