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Safer Internet Day's Blogathon Features PEGI Online

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brussels, 6 February 2007. ISFE takes part in the 2007 Blogathon event, celebrating Safer Internet Day around the world with a posting on safe online gaming and PEGI Online.

The pan-European Insafe network is organizing today, 6 February, the fourth edition of Safer Internet Day, once again held under the patronage of Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. More than 120 organisations in 43 countries across the world are celebrating the Day with hundreds of multi-national, national and local events. Alongside the 24 European Union countries and another dozen countries that celebrated the event last year, a number of newcomers have joined this year's line-up, amongst them Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Panama and Turkey.

A worldwide blogathon is once again the international highlight of the day. The 2007 edition debates the theme "Crossing Borders" and examines more closely user rights and responsibilities on the internet. ISFE gladly took this opportunity to promote safe online play and the new project PEGI Online. PEGI Online is an EC funded project that aims to address risks associated with real time interaction between players of online games. Game providers who meet the standards set out in the PEGI Online Safety Code will be licensed to use the label. The label will appear on packaging and websites with a hyperlink to a dedicated information site for parents and children. More information on www.isfe.eu

Commissioner Reding will launch the blog in Brussels and immediately pass the relay to New Zealand to start a westward journey across the world through Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe then over to South America, Canada and the USA. This year's blog features more than a hundred projects realized by schools on the topics Netiquette, ePrivacy and the Power of Images.

ISFE invites all bloggers to take part and to join in the discussion on a Safer Internet by logging on to the Blogathon at http://blog.eun.org/SID2007.

For an overview of the days' events, see www.saferinternet.org

For further information please contact:

Jürgen Bänsch

Address: ISFE 15 rue Guimard B-1040 Brussels

Phone: +32 2 503 50 28

Email: info@isfe.eu

URL: www.isfe.eu, www.pegi.info

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