Recommendations made to protect minors from ‘cyber-bullying’

Recommendations made to protect minors from ‘cyber-bullying’


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The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) has identified 18 recommendations to protect people against online risks such as cyber bullying and online grooming.

A report released by ENISA warns that minors can be harmed when people misuse data put online. It also identifies top emerging risks and provides non-technical recommendations to reduce the risks.

Youth today encounter the online world both at home and in school, increasing their risks of being targeted by peers for cyber bullying and by adults for grooming and sexual abuse. The impact of abuse online can hurt children socially, mentally and physically. Often, parents are not aware of the abuse, nor know how to prevent it.

To help protect minors and inform parents about online security, ENISA identified 18 key recommendations, which include:

–         Increasing the technological skills of parents/guardians and educators to reduce the knowledge gap between adults and minors;

–         extra security measures for teenagers including, special security settings, privacy assessment applications, age-orientated control mechanisms and deactivation of all online components (if/when desired), and;

–         creating more knowledge sources to allow civil society and social partners to prevent grooming and online bullying in social networks.

ENISA hopes its report and non-technical recommendations will act as a catalyst for further activities relating to protecting minors online at various levels of society.

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