Tests have revealed that most networking sites like Facebook are not doing enough to protect children from potential dangers such as grooming by pedophiles or online bullying, European authorities have said.
"Most social networking sites are failing to ensure that minors' profiles are accessible only to their approved contacts by default," The Herald Sun quoted European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, as saying in a statement.
AdvertisementOf the 14 social networking sites that the European Commission has tested, only two, Bebo and MySpace, were found to have the required controls to ensure "potential strangers" cannot gain access.
Kroes said that she would urge online social networking site owners to make the changes, warning that "youngsters do not fully understand the consequences of disclosing too much of their personal lives online".
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