Facebook Supports American-European Child Internet Safety Agreement

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook has lent its support to a child Internet safety pact signed Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission. The two organizations agreed to continue to make the Internet a safer place for young people — a cause Facebook believes in, too.

Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, and Neelie Kroes, vice president of the EC, signed an agreement stating that the two parties would work together for Internet safety:

The Internet is an extraordinary place for children. Yet while online exploration opens a world of possibilities, it can also expose unwary users to possible dangers. We have a shared vision of the opportunities and of the steps that should be taken to empower and protect children online and better secure our public and private networks. The U.S. and European Union share a long and historic commitment to increase public awareness of the risks posed by children’s activities online. Through the EU-U.S. Working Group on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, we have worked to address these vulnerabilities by collaborating on four key cybersecurity issue areas. This joint declaration is a key milestone for EU-U.S. cooperation in this field and for highlighting how we should partner together and on a global level to raise awareness about a safer Internet for children.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, in a video, talked about how the company supports the cause and aims to make the Web a place where children can be safe from predators:

At Facebook, nothing is more important to us than keeping people safe online. Events like this can really help, and we’re proud to be supporting this one, and I’m sorry I couldn’t be there in person. The Internet offers so many amazing opportunities for young people today. The Web isn’t just a tool to help with homework or a way for kids to chat with their friends, but it’s a gateway to new skills and ideas — a place where children can express themselves and expand their horizons. As the mother of two young children, one of the reasons I’m so passionate about technology is because I want my kids to grow up experiencing things that I never had the opportunity to experience when I was their age. That’s why it’s so important that we make the Internet safe and secure for everyone.

Readers: How is Facebook doing with regard to keeping young people safe?

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