The project “Internet-Beschwerdestelle.de” is funded by the European Union as a part of the German Safer Internet Centre. The German Safer Internet Centre includes – as well as the portal www.Internet-Beschwerdestelle.de operated by eco and the FSM – the awareness centre “klicksafe”, the hotline “jugendschutz.net” and the child and youth telephone helpline “Nummer gegen Kummer”.
In order to encourage the safe use of modern means of communication and to protect consumers from unwanted content, the EU established the “Safer Internet Programme” in 1999, the essential elements of which have since been integrated into the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF): With this action plan, illegal, unwanted or damaging content is to be combatted and a secure surfing environment and the sensitization of Internet users should be supported. The focus of activities is on the education of the population and the fostering of collaboration of societal groups and institutions. With the adoption of the “2014 CEF Telecom Call – Safer Internet” by the European Parliament and Council in 2014, funding for the German Safer Internet Centre went into the fourth round.
In the meantime, there are now Safer Internet Centres in 27 European countries. According to the EU stipulations, Safer Internet Centres cover the following areas:
- Awareness Centre to support media competence and sensitization to the Internet,
- Hotline for the reporting of illegal content,
- Helpline for providing advice to children, youth, parents and teachers.
Further information can be found on the European Commission website, at http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm