The Digital Agenda for Europe aims to have every European digital. Children have particular needs and vulnerabilities on the internet; however, the internet also provides a place of opportunities for children to access knowledge, to communicate, to develop their skills and to improve their job perspectives and employability.
The original 'Strategy for a Better Internet for Children', published in 2012, proposed a series of actions to be undertaken by the Commission, Member States and by the whole industry value chain. The new strategy for a better internet for kids (BIK+), adopted on 11 May 2022, will ensure that children are protected, respected and empowered online in the new Digital Decade, in line with the European Digital Principles. A child-friendly version of the BIK+ strategy has also been produced. This new strategy builds on the first European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children (BIK). As much has changed technologically and in EU legislation since 2012, a compendium of relevant legislation is available. BIK+ is the digital arm of the comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child (RoC) from 2021. Find out more on the European Commission's website.
In reaching this point, European Commission policy has evolved over the course of a number of years and via various programmes. To help track this process, we have developed a policy roadmap aiming to provide a chronological overview of the various relevant activity lines and stakeholders involved, including programme timelines, key outreach events and campaigns, the role of industry, as well as the ongoing evaluation processes.