A solid 84 percent of programmes restrict access to websites such as porn pages, according to a study released by the European Commission on Thursday. But they still leave a 20 percent chance for sites with content unsuitable for children — webpages promoting anorexia, suicide and self-mutilation — to escape the filters.
The study also found that few Internet filters can block “Web 2.0″ content including blogs, forums and social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, or filter out instant messaging services. A survey released in parallel to the study found that only a quarter of parents in the European Union use parental control software to monitor, track or filter online content.
The EUKidsOnline survey was conducted in 25 countries with more than 25,000 children and one of their parents between April and August 2010.
The list and full report are available at http://www.yprt.eu/sip/