Answer to Written Question: TikTok’s impact on children’s innocence

(Source: European Parliament)

EN

E-001247/2021

Answer given by Mr Breton

on behalf of the European Commission

(1.6.2021)

Protecting children online is a Commission policy and regulatory priority. The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children[1] aims to protect and empower young people as they explore the digital world. Under the Strategy, the Commission co-funds the EU network of Safer Internet Centres in the Members States and the EU platform Betterinternetforkids.eu. The Strategy will be reviewed by 2022 as foreseen by the recently adopted EU Comprehensive Strategy on the Rights of the Child, which proposes actions on protection of children from violence, including in the digital environment[2].

The revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD)[3] includes new provisions to protect children online, by obliging video-sharing platforms (VSPs), such as TikTok, to take measures, including effective age verification, parental controls and flagging and reporting mechanisms, to restrict children’s access to harmful content online. Member States have to ensure the effective implementation of those measures.

Additionally, the Commission will finance a pilot project to demonstrate an interoperable technical infrastructure dedicated to the implementation of age verification and parental consent mechanisms based on relevant EU legislation.

The proposal for a Digital Services Act[4] offers a comprehensive set of rules for a safer online space, including rules aimed to address significant risks violating the well-being of minors and rights of the child.


[1] https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/european-strategy-better-internet-children

[2] https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52021DC0142

[3] https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:02010L0013-20181218&from=EN

[4] https://ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/europe-fit-digital-age/digital-services-act-ensuring-safe-and-accountable-online-environment_en

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