Youth Protection Solutions


Using the Internet is a daily activity for children today: More than half of 6 to 9 year-olds surf the Internet once or several times per week. They use it not only to find information for school, but also to chat with friends or to deepen their knowledge using educational games. Given that children, without the regular supervision of their parents, can come across Internet sites when they are surfing that are not suitable for them, it is important to protect them from this potential risk.


To give them the possibility to learn about navigating themselves through the digital world in a protected surfing environment, The German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially launched the website “ – das Netz für kids” on 29 November 2007.


As the eco Association places great importance on children being able to use the Internet without danger, the association has supported “” intensively from the beginning as founder, sponsor and thought leader. The whitelist, containing child-appropriate sites, offers a safe surfing environment with a large range of interesting Internet sites for the growing generation.


In the portal “”, children aged 6 to 12 years old can make use of a search engine that simplifies the access to thousands of age-appropriate Internet sites. They also have the possibility to click on harmless sites designed for adults. For their first steps through the world of the Internet, they are constantly accompanied by the green caterpillar Finn, who presents specially-designed news items and dictionary entries to the children.” was developed in conjunction with the initiative “Ein Netz für Kinder”.