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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the spread of ‘grooming’ and protecting minors who use social network sites

Mara Bizzotto

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the spread of ‘grooming’ and protecting minors who use social network sites  

The European Parliament,

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

A.     whereas Twitter, Google and Facebook are not only popular social networks but have also become a dangerous tool for the ‘grooming’ of minors and for child pornography, and whereas online ‘grooming’ is a growing phenomenon affecting minors increasingly often;

B.     whereas a recent survey by ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) covering 131 schoolchildren has shown that 90% of those surveyed had a Facebook profile before the minimum age of 13 set by that social network, that an average of two schoolchildren per class had over 1 200 ‘friends’, that 60% had received comments of a sexual nature and that 90% would not tell their parents if they encountered dangers online for fear of their reaction;

1.      Calls on the Commission to take steps to combat the phenomenon of ‘grooming’ in Europe;

2.      Calls on the Commission to promote the proper and responsible use of social network sites to ensure they are not a source of danger for the young or to minors who use them.

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