The Eu May Adopt Legislation To Keep Young, Mobile-phone Users Safe

The European Union is in the process of determining whether state intervention is needed to keep children who use mobile phones safe. So far, several countries in Europe as well as industry and child advocacy groups have issued self-regulation to prevent young, mobile-phone users from receiving illegal and inappropriate content through these electronic devices. If self-regulation fails, the European Union plans to issue regulations to compel Member States to adopt laws to keep young, mobile-phone users safe. Approximately 70 percent of 12 and 13 year olds and more than 20 percent of 8 and 9 years old living in the European Union possess mobiles and therefore are at risk of receiving illegal or harmful content through these electronic devices. State intervention intends to prevent the distribution of this content and to criminalize the use of phones to bully or groom youngsters. Bullies distribute abusive and compromising messages and photos among children. Groomers are strangers who use the mobile to become friends and later meet children personally. Standards would also protect kids from facing unexpected, high charges as well as safeguard their privacy.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What’s been done to guarantee child safety?
What’s the goal of this EU initiative?
What issues are taken into consideration?
Why is this initiative necessary?


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