Save the Children Romania Organization released a survey on 5 February 2013 Safer Internet Day that highlights lack of parental surveillance and guiding when it comes to children accounts on social media. An overwhelming 70% of parents reportedly never check their child’s friends on Facebook or contacts in the messenger list. As much as 19.9% parents reportedly know that their children met face to face with people met on social media.
86.2% children use the Internet on a daily basis
87% children have a Facebook account
29% children have public profiles on social media
More than half of the interviewed children have reported abuse or offence on their social media accounts. 43% children have accessed sexual content images or videos on the Internet. Over 600 Romanian children aged between 6 and 18 years old have participated in this survey between July and September 2012.
Apart from this report, I have to agree that there have never been concrete legal steps in empowering a regulatory framework regarding access of children to illicit content on the Internet. Remember ACTA? It stopped short in the name of freedom of access.
Access to what?