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Georgi Apostolov – Child’s privacy on the Internet


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Presentation at the conference Freedom and privacy on the Internet (FPI), 2012, Skopje, Macedonia

Presentation at the conference Freedom and privacy on the Internet (FPI), 2012, Skopje, Macedonia

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  • 1. Child privacy in internet Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre #fpi12
  • 2. Safer Internet Centre in Bulgaria  Hotline: operational since May 2006  Operator: Applied Research and Communications Fund NGO established in 1991. Main spheres of activities – information society and innovations  Effectiveness: 751 reports in 2011 – 146 actionable; 13 transmitted to police; 15 transmitted to other Hotlines; 48 – to content owners and ISPs, 20 replies to queries  Awareness node InSafe – from June 2008, consortium with Parents Association, and DeConi Advertising Agency;  Helpline – launched in April 2011, tel.124 123, email, chat  Operator: Association Parents  Effectiveness: 363 calls and inquiries; 261 consultations; 27 redirected to the Hotline; 4 redirected to other #fpi12
  • 3. Privacy of children in the net: the issues • Over-sharing by children • Over-sharing by parents and other adults • Lack of digital skills or interest in privacy settings • Benign sharing by peers • Malicious sharing by peers • Social networks competition – lowering #fpi12
  • 4. EU Kids Online II study 25,142 children aged 9-16 in 25 countries • 59% have a profile in a social network • Only 43 % of them have set their profiles to “private”, 26% - “Don’t know” • 14% have posted their address or/and telephone number • From 6 identifying features the average posted online are 2.8 • 30% of children who use the internet have communicated in the past with someone they have not met face-to-face before • 15% of 11-16 year olds have received peer to peer “sexual messages or images [meaning] talk about having sex or images of people naked or having sex” • 3% say they have sent or posted such #fpi12
  • 5. EU Kids Online II study • 9% have experienced one or more of the three things asked about within the frame of personal data misuse (password theft and impersonation, data misuse, cheated). • One in five (19%) 9-16 year olds across Europe say that someone has acted in a hurtful or nasty way towards them in the past 12 months. • 55% of children bullied online say they were “very” or “fairly” upset (32% bothered by seeing sexual images). • Half (49%) of all children who use the internet use it in their bedroom or other private room at home. • 57% use internet via mobile phone (31%) or game console (26%) #fpi12
  • 6. #fpi12
  • 7. #fpi12
  • 8. #fpi12
  • 9. #fpi12
  • 10. Pre-birth online identityStudy in UK: 23% of unborn children already have online #fpi12
  • 11. Birth #fpi12
  • 12. Parent’s #fpi12
  • 13. Privacy of children in the net: consequences • Inappropriate contacts with adults • Broad dissemination of content • Paedophiles’ interest – possible grooming • Cyber-bullying • Unwanted online #fpi12
  • 14. What to do • Children and parents - education • Teachers and professionals – tools and methodologies • Industry – self-regulation • NGOs – all of the #fpi12
  • 15. Regulation vs. self/co-regulation • Court trials of minors for sexting? • Snapchat – iPhone app developed by a Stanford University student – spontaneous #fpi12
  • 16. Main activities of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre • Hotline and Helpline operation • Awareness raising events – round tables, conferences, seminars, campaigns • Development of awareness tools – printed materials, online and offline educational games, quizzes, competitions, TV clips, radio-spots • Education in schools – for pupils, for parents and for teachers • Policy formation - lobbying for legislative measures • Pressing the industry for self-regulation – associations of ISPs, IT companies, games producers and distributors, mobile #fpi12
  • 17. Public Council on Safer Internet• Chairman – Mrs Galina Bankovska. Education, Deputy chair, Education, Youth and Sports Commission, National Assembly • Deputy-chairman - Mr. Kalin Kamenov, Deputy chairman, State Agency for Child Protection • Deputy-chairman - Mr. Assen Totin, member of the Board , Association for Electronic Communications • Member institutions and organizations: • Ministry of Educationq Youth and Science • State Agency for Child Protection • Ministry of Interior • Executive Agency for Electronic Communication Networks and Information Systems, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications • Sofia Municipality • Internet Society-Bulgaria • Bulgarian Association for Information Technologies (BAIT) • Vivacom • Mobiltel • GLOBUL • Cisco Systems-Bulgaria Foundation Law and Internet • Аssociation Parents • Association for Consumers Protection • Partners-Bulgaria Foundation • Bulgarian Federation for Electronic Sport • Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation • Microsoft-Bulgaria • Center for the Study of Democracy
  • 18. Major achievements • Broad stakeholders’ co-operation achieved - Public Council for Safer Internet established including 22 major stakeholders. • Public-private partnership results: - In November 2011 the Convention of the Council of Europe against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children ratified (draft bill prepared by SIC). - New Child Protection draft bill provides for a register of sexual abusers of children – SIC lobbied for 2 years; 5,000 supporters in a Facebook cause. - Regular participation in working groups: on criteria of harmful for children media content; on violence prevention strategy, on child abuse indicators • Regular awareness and visibility campaigns with participation of private business – mobile operators (on every SID more than 2,5 million SMSs sent) and Microsoft • Educational activities in schools – Virtual and Real Violence Prevention educational course running in more than 90 schools in 4 cities • Trainings of police officers and magistrates around the country • Trainings of NGOs in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and #fpi12
  • 19. Online tools - Play and Learn online #fpi12
  • 20. Online tools – 3D Quest game for teens – Zone of #fpi12
  • 21. Online tools • Distance learning course for certification of teenagers as online safety experts and peer educators • Together with Varna Municipality • Piloted with 70 youth from Varna – including the Youth Panel members • Certification ceremony on February 9 • To be proposed to the Ministry of #fpi12
  • 22. Distance learning #fpi12
  • 23. Distance learning #fpi12
  • 24. Offline tools – memory cards #fpi12
  • 25. Offline tools – board game Flashboy in the Land of #fpi12
  • 26. Offline tools – magic folding #fpi12
  • 27. Brochure for parents of first-graders with a section on safer #fpi12
  • 28. Brochure for parents: “Top ten myths about the ‘scary‘ Internet” #fpi12
  • 29. Family e-Safety Kit by #fpi12
  • 30. #fpi12