21 October 2008

EU to take action against "cyberbullying" and "cybergrooming"

The third edition of the European Union's Safer Internet Programme will put a stronger focus on targeting cyberbullying and cybergrooming. Next to malicious and illegal content, the new program will also tackle problematic behaviour on the net, said Richard Swetenham of the Information Society and Media Directorate-General at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in Strasbourg. According to Swetenham, his colleagues in the Commission are currently also working to provide consistent punishment for cyberbullying and cybergrooming across the EU. So far, the necessary legislation has only been adopted by two EU member states. EU commissioners think that the relevant articles on cyberbullying and cybergrooming should be raised to EU level by extending a Council framework decision on combating the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.