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Politicians to protect underage Internet users. Norway’s Ministry of Justice says it will be putting forward a proposal in Parliament to make it more difficult to bully and harass children on the Internet. Teenage and child bloggers are attracting ever-increasing amounts of unwanted attention. Norway’s most popular blogger, 15-year-old “Voe”, recently decided to close her site because of the unbearable number of negative comments posted by other, faceless Internet users, reports NRK.

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Politicians to protect underage Internet users

Published on Wednesday, 5th January, 2011 at 16:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:37.

Norway’s Ministry of Justice says it will be putting forward a proposal in Parliament to make it more difficult to bully and harass children on the Internet.

A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
A laptop keyboard (illustration photo)
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Teenage and child bloggers are attracting ever-increasing amounts of unwanted attention.

Norway’s most popular blogger, 15-year-old “Voe”, recently decided to close her site because of the unbearable number of negative comments posted by other, faceless Internet users, reports NRK.

Tore Tennøe, Director of the Norwegian Board of Technology (Teknologirådet) believes children should have better protection and improved legal safeguards on the Internet, telling Aftenposten the story of a ten-year-old girl who started an innocent video blog about fashion.

Her content was then republished in an allegedly degrading YouTube music video posted by a 12-year-old, set to “Too Big To Fit In Here”.

“It got 180,000 hits, with the merciless and vicious comment, ‘I hope she gets uterine cancer, something that will effectively prevent her spreading her own defective, idiot genes later on in life’,” Mr Tennøe writesin his commentary published by the paper.

The video was removed after requests by the 10-year-old’s parents, but subsequently loaded up to video-sharing network Vimeo, because “she had actually used a whole day to make it,” continues Mr Tennøe.

Following discussions between Conservative (H) Party MP Olemic Thommesen and Minister of Justice Knut Storberget about current legislation, the government says it will now be suggesting changes to improve protection on the Internet.  

“We shall be putting our proposal forward about tightening procedures regarding personal data to Parliament during the course of the year. One of the elements contained in it deals with strengthening minors’ privacy,” State Secretary (Deputy Minister) Astrid Aas-Hansen at the Ministry of Justice tells NRK.



Published on Wednesday, 5th January, 2011 at 16:48 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th January 2011 at 21:37.

This post has the following tags: knutstorberget, olemicthommesen, technologyboard, toretennoe.





  
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