Telenor promotes online safety

Telenor-promotes-online-safetyTelenor continues its efforts to promote online safety by announcing multiple initiatives on Safe Internet Day 2015 to make the Internet a safer place for children particularly in new markets.

Telenor business units worldwide marked Safe Internet Day 2015 on February 10 by announcing expanded efforts to keep the internet safe for an estimated 85 million children expected to come online in the next three years globally.

“As an operator, Telenor feels an enormous responsibility to ensure children’s safety on the internet, and we work with multiple stakeholders at a global level to deliver on that commitment. With other leading ICT players, including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, we are partners in the European Commission’s CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, president and CEO, Telenor.

Sigve Brekke, EVP and head of Operations for Telenor markets in Asia said, “Despite the potential of the internet to drive financial inclusion and access to knowledge, better health, and resources, connectivity is not without its risks. Our business units are working to mitigate these by rolling out multiple safety initiatives in parallel with the expansion of its mobile services intended to achieve Internet for All.”

Uninor, the 100 percent subsidiary of Telenor in India, aims to take the safe Internet initiatives to 20,000 children in all of its six circles in 2015. This will be done through Internet education and online safety workshops.

Additionally, regional Safe Internet Forums are being planned to go deeper and wider group of audience that includes schools, parent groups and children’s rights organizations.

“At Uninor, we believe that restricting access to Internet is not the answer to the negative experience that our children may face online. Focusing on providing appropriate education and guidance, on the other hand, prepares children to be cautious and can significantly deter online abuse against them. Being a responsible telecom operator, Uninor continues its efforts to promote online safety to make the Internet a safer place for young adults,” says Vivek Sood, CEO, Uninor.

Uninor is also using social media to raise awareness on safe Internet practices and has organized a Safe Internet caption contest’ on its Facebook page.

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