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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

concerning the online enticement of under-18s

Aldo Patriciello

Motion for a European Parliament resolution concerning the online enticement of under-18s  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child,

–       having regard to its resolution on the fight against child sexual abuse on the internet,

–       having regard to the 'EU Kids Online' (2014) report,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas almost all children have easy access to electronic technology and hence to Internet and the social network;

B.     whereas, although in many countries users seeking to sign up for a social network account must be at least 13 years of age, it is very easy for them to give a false date of birth since no documents are for registration purposes;

C.     whereas in Italy online enticement has tripled over two years from 4.4% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2014;

1.      Urges the Commission to call for a study regarding the possibility of increasing the minimum age for access to sites that are potentially dangerous for children and call on web operators to take effective measures to verify users' credentials.

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