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The EU, Online Child Safety and Media Literacy

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Media literacy continues to assume an important role in EU online child safety governance. Its central premise is that individuals who do not have access to relevant information will be least able to make informed choices about how online interactions and risks can be managed in safe and effective manner. This intuition is broadly correct but 'network publics' create new complications that media literacy measures must now address. This article examines the role of the EU in enhancing the safety of children in the online environment through the use of public awareness and education strategies. The analysis of EU online child safety governance strategy and, more specifically, the awareness-raising strategies pursued under the Safer Internet Programme reveals some of the ways child safety issues are now being transformed into legal and social obligations.

Affiliations: 1: School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool;, Email:


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