Telia Company Joins Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online

Today, on Safer Internet Day, the European Commission and leading digital players, including Telia Company, have gathered to form an Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online.

The motto of Safer Internet Day 2017 is "Be the change: unite for a better internet". In this spirit, Telia Company joins this major self-regulatory initiative to address harmful content, harmful conduct and harmful contact online, together with other tech and telecoms companies, broadcasters, NGOs and UNICEF.

"Children are active users of our services and we want to act responsibly towards this important stakeholder. We are already active in the children's rights area with an ambition to support and respect children's rights in all parts of our operations. We believe that a common initiative like this one initiated by the EU Commission makes us and our peers raise the bar even further" says Anne Larilahti, VP and Head of Sustainability, Telia Company.

The companies who participate in the Alliance will announce their individual commitments to improve online safety as part of the Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online within the next three months. It is acknowledged that the areas referenced are wide-ranging and each business will contribute in areas relevant in regards to the nature of its business. Telia Company intends to implement its individual commitments in its majority owned operations in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The Alliance has agreed to assess implementation of this initiative through regular transparent and independent monitoring and evaluation.

Telia Company is already active in the areas where the Alliance look for action, for example by fighting child sexual abuse material online through various methods and working against cyberbullying. Other examples are the child safeguarding services that Telia offers to parents and caregivers, as well as new and on-going partnerships with Child Right's organisation to develop our services and operations even further to support and respect children's rights.

Link to EU Commission web site with Statement of Purpose etc.