Department for Culture Media and Sport

safer internet

The European Commission launched the Safer Internet Programme in 1999 to promote the safer use, particularly by children, of the Iinternet and other online technologies, fighting illegal and harmful Internet content ranging from child abuse images online to cyberbullying.

The main stakeholders in the UK are the Internet Watch Foundation, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

The programme co-funds projects to:

  • ensure awareness of children, parents and teachers on how to stay safe online including campaigns such as the UK’s Thinkuknow website
  • provides people with national contact points to report illegal and harmful content and conduct. The UK hotline, the Internet Watch Foundation, is partially funded by this programme
  • foster self-regulatory initiatives including voluntary agreements with the mobile phone industry and European-based social networking sites
  • stimulate children to become involved in creating a safer online environment
  • bring together researchers engaged in online child safety