Children unsafe on Facebook - EU

2011-04-18 19:49
Brussels - The EU says many children using social-networking sites don't use privacy settings, making them vulnerable to stalkers and other harassment.

EU data show that 77% of the bloc's 13- to 16-year-olds have profiles on social networks, while among 9-to-12-year olds 38% are on sites like Facebook or MySpace.

Twenty-five percent of those children don't use privacy setting, and 20% of those with public profiles display their phone number or address.

"These children are placing themselves in harm's way, vulnerable to stalkers and groomers," the EU's Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes said on Monday.

Kroes urged social networking sites to automatically make profiles created by minors accessible only to people they are online "friends" with.
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