The creation of a new expert group on safer Internet for children was announced by the Commission on Safer Internet Day 2019. The expert group will help improve coordination and cooperation between EU countries and propose concrete actions to keep children safe when using the internet.
The group is composed of representatives from EU countries, Iceland and Norway. It will discuss a range of topics, from how to protect children from harmful content to how to avoid unfair commercial practices in online advertising directed at children.
One particular aim of the group is to facilitate the sharing of best practices between EU countries on how to implement some of the specific provisions concerning minors in key existing legal acts. These include measures to protect minors from harmful content in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and rules on requiring parental consent to access children’s data covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).