Towards a Better Internet for Children?

Policy Pillars, Players & Paradoxes

Book Title

Edited by: Brian O'Neill, et al.
April 2014
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789186523725
335 Pages, Illustrated
$99.50 Paper original


Keeping children safe online has been the subject of intensive policy debate ever since the mid-1990s when the internet first became an important public communications medium. The European Union has been to the fore in promoting internet safety and through its Safer Internet Programme has supported multi-stakeholder initiatives with industry, law enforcement, education and civil society to create a safer internet environment. Now, with a new emphasis on not just a safer but also a better internet, policy makers have signalled a new phase in strategies to protect children online. Reviewing the development of internet safety policy over this period - against the background of better evidence about the reality of young people's experiences - and looking to its future are among the key themes of this book,

Contributors, all members of the now 33-country EU Kids Online network, seek to add to a growing literature on policy matters regarding internet regulation and governance as the Internet enters a new phase of maturity with near universal access and use. European in scope but international in outlook, the chapters in this collection seek to raise critical debate on just how mainstream are policies to protect young people, promote their best interests online and empower them to avail of the full range of digital opportunities? Against a background of increased international tension and debate over whether the internet should be regulated at all, contributors adopt a somewhat different position and assess the forms, contexts and evidence in favour of action – regulatory and otherwise – needed to support safer and better outcomes for young people.




Neelie Kroes


Brian O’Neill, Elisabeth Staksrud, Sharon McLaughlin

Part I Policy Pillars 

Elisabeth Staksrud, Jørgen Kirksæther

Filtering & Content Classification 

Brian O’Neill

Internet Hotlines. A Reporting Solution for Internet Safety? 

Elisabeth Staksrud, Kjartan Ólafsson

Awareness. Strategies, Mobilisation and Effectiveness 
Regulation and Legislation 

Sonia Livingstone

‘Knowledge Enhancement’. The Risks and Opportunities of Evidence-based Policy 

Jos de Haan, Simone van der Hof, Wim Bekkers, Remco Pijpers

Part II Policy Players 

Brian O’Neill

The Changing Role of the Media Regulator 

Bence Ságvári, Miklós Péter Máder

Industry. Towards the Socially Responsible Internet. Industry CSR Practices Across Europe 

Tatjana Taraszow

The Influence of NGOs on Safer Internet Policy Making 
Teaching Internet Safety, Promoting Digital Literacy. The Dual Role of Education and Schools 

Giovanna Mascheroni, Maria Francesca Murru, Elena Aristodemou, Yiannis Laouris

Parents. Mediation, Self-regulation and Co-regulation  

Monica Barbovschi, Valentina Marinescu

Youth. Revisiting Policy Dilemmas in Internet Safety in the Context of Children’s Rights 
Part III Policy Paradoxes 

Leen d’Haenens, Liza Tsaliki

Risk versus Harm. Children’s Coping Profiles 

Andrea Duerager, Sonja Duerager, Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink

Protection versus Privacy. An Area of Conflict 

Uwe Hasebrink, Bojana Lobe

The Cultural Context of Risk. On the Role of Intercultural Differences for Safer Internet Issues 

Sharon McLaughlin

Rights v. Restrictions. Recognising Children’s Participation in the Digital Age 
The Contributors