As studies indicate that about 30 million urban children, under the age of 18, owns a personal handset and estimated 134 million Indian children will come online by 2017. Now, with limited knowledge of Guardians in Internet there are acute chances of growing vulnerabilities in the Internet space for their offspring.
To advocate for a safe online environment for children, Telenor India hosted #SafeInternetForum 2016 calling on teachers, parents, government, cyber security experts, NGOs and private partners for responsible use of internet and strengthen the defenses for a safer internet experience for children
Speaking at the forum, Sharad Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor India Communications said, “Protecting and providing a safe internet experience for children through education and guidance is a focus for Telenor. While we extend the benefits of being connected and empower our customers with affordable services, we also encourage responsible use of Internet. Our webwise program aims to build defenses amongst children by guiding them on how to be safe online. In addition to this, we have integrated 1098 Child Helpline on our SIMs for easy access. These are small steps towards developing a safe online universe for our young users.”
The company has announced initiatives like Child Helplines (1098) number giving a free, direct and one touch access to customers informing on child rights and abuse.
“The Telenor group globally adheres to strict guidelines towards safety of our customers online. In line with that we follow stringent norms with respect to internet safety and security across all countries. I feel proud to see the efforts that Telenor India has put forward in creating awareness on internet safety and security and also in protecting children online. This is a key step towards Telenor group’s vision of empowering societies through digital services,” said Ola Jo Tandre, Director Sustainability and Head of Social Responsibility, Telenor Group.
To create awareness among parents around safe Internet practices, Telenor also launched WebWise – A Parental Guide at the forum. The book elaborates on what parents should talk to their children about internet access. It sensitises patents and gives real life examples to ensure online safety of children while they take a plunge in the digital world.