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Have Fun and Feel Safe on the Web!

Berlin/Nuremberg, 22 May 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 with international experts of the Youth Protection Roundtable about their visions for the Internet of the future and to reflect how safety as well as fun on the web could be achieved. The Youth Protection Roundtable project is funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Safer Internet Programme aims at the development of guidelines for a safe and secure use of the Internet by children and youth.

A user profile on myspace.com, photos of the last party on flickr.com and videos on YouTube – that means fun for young people, but many parents and teachers are concerned about the consequences. At the Youth Protection Roundtable therefore children`s welfare organisations from Europe and representatives of companies are gathering with the purpose to discuss technical tools and pedagogical measures to improve youth protection on the media. For the first time the Young Roundtable with youths aged 15 to 19 years joined the meeting.

Internet safety is a hot topic for the young people, many of them have experienced grooming and cyberbullying or have faced online content they felt uncomfortable with. The young people carried with them their well-thought ideas to solve these problems. Indeed they believe that their peers are the better consultants for web safety. While 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 everyday life, school and on the job.  

The Young Roundtable is supported by Vodafone, Microsoft und F-Secure.Information about the Youth Protection Roundtable and its member organisations are to be found under www.yprt.eu

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