Porn is not the most harmful online threat to children. It’s cyber-bullying among youngsters, and child protection filters have no way of stopping that.
Most of the initiatives to protect children when it comes to their use of the internet have been ad-hoc, according to media researcher Elisabeth Staksrud. She says media panic often sets in, and there is an urgent feeling that someone must do something.
Staksrud was formerly employed at the Norwegian Media Authority and has extensive experience studying the effectiveness of measures to keep kids safe in cyberspace. Her studies also include ways in which the EU deals with the problem.
“Nobody sits down to calmly figure out the problem," she says. "What is it that children actually experience as harmful on the web, what leads to damage and who are the children that are affected?”