19 August 2007

Fighting antisocial behavior on social networking sites

With social networking sites exploding in growth, most young users are well aware of the risks and the seamy side of the territory, from cyber-bullying, identity theft and encounters with adults posing as children to communities that promote anorexia and bulimia eating disorders as lifestyle choices. With backing from the European Union, which is spending €45 million on an Internet safety program through 2008, a collection of national groups are now focusing specifically on the issue of online sexual grooming.