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First draft of code to combat cyber-bullying approved

Public consultation begins for rules against on-line abuse

08 January, 16:30
First draft of code to combat cyber-bullying approved (ANSA) - Rome, January 8 - Approvals were given Wednesday for the first draft of an Italian code aimed at controlling cyber-bullying.

The text, now open for 45 days of public consultation, requires Internet providers to create a complaint mechanism that is clear and visible, and easy for young people to use. The text was approved by officials including the Deputy Minister of Industry Antonio Catricalà, postal and communications officials, privacy authorities and ombudsmen for children.

The move follows reports last year that showed acts of bullying by kids against other kids were on the rise, with some 30% of interviewed youths claiming to have been victims of "cyber-bullying" or some type of threat on the Internet.

The findings were presented by a non-profit organization called Label together with the Second University of Naples and a regional policy institute.

The research suggested that the bullying phenomenon is fairly widespread.

Almost 4,800 children were interviewed for the research, ranging from elementary to high-school levels.