Awareness raising on children’s privacy protection
Awareness raising on children’s privacy protection

Radio Broadcasts

2011 07 19

Disclosure of the children’s personal data online – a tool for crime

Children and young people reveal a lot of personal data online, on social networks, on blogs, websites in order to access services they are interested in or other benefits (win prizes, lotteries, gain gaming points), or simply for communication purposes. Sometimes the kids put in personal data for a simple reason that the website provides boxes or forms to fill in. Personal information often is of highly personal character. According to the survey conducted by the Lithuanian Consumer Institute, 92 per cent of the surveyed children of 13 - 18 provide their name and family name on the web, 87 per cent - their e-mail, 60 per cent - their phone number. 60 per cent of the children have communicated or are still communicating with unknown persons and disclose details of their personal lives to them. It is a matter of concern that one-third (31 per cent) of the parents admitted that they do not know if their children have been doing it.
2011 07 14

Spoiled reputation on the web = missed employment opportunity? Do employers check the candidates online?

According to the data of the research conducted by the website "CarrierBuilder" in 2009, about 45 per cent of the employers browse social networks looking for information about job seekers. Besides, about 35 per cent of these employers have not employed the candidates due to the indecent/provocative pictures they found online, the use of drugs and alcohol, offensive comments about former employers, blogging skills, discriminatory comments, lies about the professional qualification, publication of confidential information related to previous employment.

Although some comments come from the public that the search for employees on social networks distorts the purpose of the networks and violates personal privacy, incompetently interferes with the personal leisure lifestyle or rely on unreliable information, as few people publish truthful things about themselves, in reality it looks like a bad online reputation may prevent from ascending the carrier ladder.

2011 07 12

Social networks and protection of children’s privacy on them

Although many providers of social networking services assure that it is perfectly safe to communicate and provide personal data on social networks and that such communication is very much like communicating in reality, still there are a number of differences. Even the concept of "friends" on the net is different form that in real life. When we communicate online, we do not see the other person, and it is possible that the person who says he/she is your contemporary is really considerably older or younger, while the real "sender" of a message is malicious software that has infected your friend's computer. The relationship established on the web may be disappointing and even dangerous in reality.
2011 07 07

Publication of children’s pictures on the web – what do we have to know?

The results of the research performed by the Lithuanian Consumer Institute show that children do not take care not only of their own but also of other persons' privacy. They do not avoid publishing information about themselves and other persons with no respect to whether the latter agree to it. 72 per cent of the children stated that they have published pictures, videos, text messages, etc., on various websites about themselves and their friends. 41 per cent said that they have published personal data of their friends (their pictures, information on certain details of their lives) without their permission.
2011 06 29

Children’s privacy on the web – challenges and threats; possibilities to avoid them

The problem of children's privacy on the web has become more and more acute among the young generation. This is the world of games, meetings, search for information and communication with the fold, reading, film watching and general perfection. According to the data of the international research "EU Kids Online 2", the children enter that world at an early stage. In Lithuania, the age of a starting Internet surfer is 8. Even 95 per cent of Lithuanian Internet-using kids log on at least once a week, 72 per cent do it every day. Lithuanian children actively communicate via social networks; even 76 per cent of the children have their own social profile. Lithuania is a leader at the EU level, and only the Netherlands (80%) is ahead of Lithuania in terms of the number of kids who have their own profile.

Children of Lithuania are very positive about the opportunities provided by the net. However, they most probably cannot always properly understand possible threats and dangers. Even 63% of Lithuanian Internet-using kids think that this activity is very useful and valuable for children. This is the largest number compared to other EU countries.