Nowadays, it is very easy to access and provide content and that is truly exciting to bring people closer and to get to know varied knowledge. However, we know that this reality raises concerns about the potential inappropriate use of this knowledge by population groups with less critical capacity and / or selection of content adapted to their interests.
When I was surfing on a Portuguese TV cable provider website I found an interesting document called Principles for the Safer Use of Connected Devices and Online Services by Children and Young People in the EU. It contains a range of principles designed to improve online safety for children and young people and it was created by several organizations from all over Europe.
This document ensures that signatories follow those principles and they are also pleasant to take individual initiatives to promote them.
There are seven main subjects set in the report. Within each subject there are several key principles. I decided to select a few principles of the two first subjects.
· Indicate clearly where a service they offer may include content considered not to be appropriate for children and display prominently options which are available to control access to the content. This could include, where appropriate for the service, tools to manage access to certain content, advice to users or a recognized system of content labelling.
· Display prominently and in an easily accessible location the Acceptable Use Policy, which should be written in easily-understandable language.
· State clearly any relevant terms of service or community guidelines (i.e. how users are expected to behave and what is not acceptable) with which user generated content must comply.
· Ensure that reporting options are in the relevant areas of the service.
· Provide notice about the consequences for users if they post content which violates terms of service or community guidelines.
· Continue work to provide innovative solutions able to support child safety protection tools and solutions.
2. Parental controls
Signatories should, as relevant for their products or services, assist parents to limit their children’s exposure to potentially inappropriate content and contact. It is recognised that parental controls have limitations and cannot replace parents’ engagement in their children’s online use. Measures that are available or appropriate to each service/product will vary, but may include:
· Manufacturers seeking to optimise hardware design to provide products which simply and clearly help parents to set appropriate levels of control on devices.
· Network providers seeking to provide necessary tools and settings across their services to enable parents to set appropriate levels of control
· Service and content providers making available the necessary tools and settings across their services to enable parents to set appropriate levels of control.
In my opinion, it is important to know the correct and most ethical way to use online services to ensure that our experiences in today’s digital world are more responsible and enriching.
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