Currently, the social networks and Internet are more than a tool; they have created a revolution in social connectivity. The children nowadays are grown immersed in this Information Society; therefore they embrace it naturally, active participation and taking the best advantage of their possibilities for communicating and socializing. While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they also can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway.
There are a lot of risks that the children face on the Internet daily. Examples are:
Children may spend a lot of time on social networking or virtual world sites. A survey of 25,000 young people in 25 European countries, published by the EUKidsOnline network, shows that 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have a profile on a social networking site. The report published, also shows that some of the social networking sites that are popular among youngsters in Europe are not signatories to the Safer Social Networking Principles. The figures highlight the importance of the European Commission's upcoming review of the implementation of the Safer Social Networking Principles for the EU.