Anti-social networking: Europe

The
European perspective on social networking sounds a whole like the US
one, but Europe is pressing for multinational efforts to combat both
adult-to-child crime and peer-to-peer bullying on the social Web. "With
social networking sites exploding in growth, most young users are well
aware of the risks and the seamy side of the territory," the International Herald Tribune reports.
"But according to new surveys, many children and teens still cannot
resist meeting strangers they have befriended online." The Herald
Tribune reports that the Council of Europe, "which represents 46
countries including the United States," is pushing a global treaty that
would criminalize grooming, where sometimes over long periods
pedophiles manipulate children into meeting them for sex (for more on
this, see "How to recognize grooming").
"The council adopted a draft convention last month and in October the
treaty will be open for countries to sign." The European Union is, with
about $90 million, supporting a three-year Internet-safety program with
a strong focus on education about sexual grooming.

 


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