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2005 Eurobarometer survey on safer internet


The Eurobarometer survey presents the attitude of European Union citizens towards illegal and harmful content on the Internet and their knowledge of how to protect their children against it. It covers 25 Member States, candidate and acceding countries and was conducted in December 2005.


In this report we present the findings from a survey about Safer Internet that was carried out in the twenty-five Member States of the European Union, in the two acceding countries and the two candidate countries between 7 December 2005 and 11 January 2006. The survey was also carried out in the Turkish Cypriot Community but the results are not presented in this report though the data is included in the tables in the annexes.

The survey is part of the European Union’s Safer Internet Programme. This programme has been running since 1999, and aims to equip parents and teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure Internet safety. Earlier surveys were carried out in autumn 2003 in the 15 ‘old’ Member States and at the beginning of 2004 in the
10 new Member States just before these countries joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.

The methodology used is that of the Standard Eurobarometer polls managed by the Directorate-General Press and Communication (unit “Opinion polls, press reviews, Europe Direct”). A technical note concerning the interviews, carried out by the institutes of the TNS Opinion & Social network, is annexed to this report. This note
specifies the interview method used, as well as the confidence intervals. The survey questionnaire is largely based on the SAFT project, see The Eurobarometer survey and its findings have been reviewed with assistance of Ms. Elisabeth Staksrud, Project Director Interactive Media, The Norwegian Media Authority.