Recommends To The Government To Draw Up A National Campaign To Raise Awareness And Prevention Of The Risks Of The Internet For Children, As Part Of A National System Of Alert And Missing Child Protection

Original Language Title: Recomenda ao Governo que elabore uma campanha nacional de sensibilização e prevenção dos riscos da Internet para as crianças, no âmbito de um Sistema Nacional de Alerta e Protecção de Crianças Desaparecidas

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DRAFT RESOLUTION ‡ is ƒ N. º 346/X Recommends the Government to el 1 DRAFT RESOLUTION ‡ is ƒ N. º 346/X Recommends the Government to draw up a national campaign of Sensibilizaà and prevention of the risks of the Internet for children, in the framework of the national system ¢ alert and protection of children missing.

Display statement: is ‰ consensus today throughout the world, that the use of the internet can put children and young people in situations of danger µ, since this is the form used by sexual predators to seek their multiple victims and get to them.

Currently, children are the biggest users of the internet, particularly chatrooms. The extraordinary evolution and expansion of these technologies may constitute an important tool for the intellectual development of children and young people, but can also be extremely dangerous 2 due to lack of parental control on the speakers and content of chat rooms.

How the parental zeal manifested is well indicative of a generational imbalance: never will allow that children travelling alone to isolated and dangerous places, but to allow navigation on the internet, will be able to inadvertently be to facilitate an exhibition to various risks in the apparent safety of the home.

And even if the people in charge of education seek to prevent access to certain sites or chat rooms, will be able to run into the language and code ³ ³ Prize codes themselves to children and young people use to communicate on the internet, and that parents do not know nor understand.

We can even speak of a lack of basic literacy of parents in relation to the internet because, according to data of the project € œ MiudosSegurosNa â. € : ï ‚ Netâ · 60% of parents are using users © dios;

ï ‚ · 56% of parents never sit alongside the children while they surf the internet;

ï ‚ · Only 4% do it always.

3 Now, all of this creates a "€ œ €  digitalâ gap considerable between parents and children.

Obviously, the solution not runs through prohibit young people access the chats as the "œ €  € MSNâ, nor so little to discourage access to the internet or to new technologies, which constitute an essential tool of development and a condition essential for its future. But parents have to accept that the protection of the home can be ceiling illusion ³ and will have to explain to them the risks these sites may cause.

Not advocating any kind of € œ €  â wielding excessive or prohibition, even because, apart from condenà in the plan of pious princÃ, would be totally ineffective, because when parents would prevent the installation of these sites on computers, already exist ways to bypass security filters these days, children have , very early on, an enormous technological ³ and elasticity, with the banning of µ, the adults would enter a undesirable not conflict with the children. The mere prohibition does not clarifies, the alert and not get away from the danger to which are subject.

Beyond that, according to the National Coordinator of the project â € œ I €  Onlineâ Kids, the Portuguese children access more internet through the phone than computer ³, which represents a display and 4 increased risk because, in this way, access the websites and chat rooms they want, where they want to even at school, and without any kind of control.

Is consensus that ‰, to counter these risks, the most important and sensible attitude is the prevention.

According to data provided by the Director of the Department â € œ Safeguarding and Child € , Protectionâ Online Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the developments in the United Kingdom on the internet images of children sexually abused is the following: ï ‚ · 1995:12 images; ï ‚ · 1999:41,000 images; ï ‚ · 2008:1 million images.

It is important not to forget that behind each image circulating on the internet, is a real child, and these data make us reflect and conclude that one can not neglect, the legislation applicable to the use of the internet by children.

In this context, it is very important that the European Union could proceed to required harmonizaà of the laws applicable in this respect, in order to facilitate the accusation and the newspaper arrests µ µ s related to pedophilia.

5 for its integration in the EU and the Schengen space, Portugal is considered a s permeà level to Paà traffick children's sex and young people. Now, to be effectiveness, you have to perform compulsory in various fields of action, which are not legislative ³. As has already been mentioned, prevention is the most important attitude in combating disappearances, traffick and sexual abuse of children and young people.

In this sense, should be designed and carried out national campaigns of sensibilizaà and alert of the risks to which children are subjected, as internet users. These campaigns should be disseminated in social communication and in schools.

CEOP's website, in the United Kingdom, offers well-designed movies about the form of prevention in this matter. It would be desirable that if made movies of this gender in Portugal to disseminate the national level or not, at least, that if asked the CEOP to authorize its multicast, with translation to Portuguese, some of these films can be viewed at: ï ‚ ·; ï ‚ ·; ï ‚ ·; ï ‚ ·; ï ‚ ·;

6 on the other hand, in the opinion of the CDS-PP, it was important that in Portugal also apply in € œ €  â MSNâ something similar to "€ Abuseâ €  œ Report English-that is directly connected to the CEOP â € “ in which children could quickly access and confidentiality security , report an approach that have been the target, an attempt to abuse or even abuse. When you receive a message from a child, the CEOP immediately activates the competent authorities to verify the accuracy of the facts and proceed to search and newspaper arrests the abuser. You might want to remind you that the â € œ €  MSNâ is the most widely used chat for children, so an easy target and highly attractive to criminals.

Therefore, the Assembly of the Republic, in accordance with in article b) nea 156 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, decides to recommend to the Government that: draw up a national campaign of Sensibilizaà and prevention of the risks of the Internet for children, in the framework of the national system ¢ alert and protection of children missing and sexually abused to be widespread in social communication and in schools.

Potala are Benedict, June 2 2008.

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