TeliaSonera signs European Framework to increase safety for children using mobile phones
In the continuous effort to increase the safe use of mobile phones, TeliaSonera today signed a European Framework for Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children. The principles in the Framework cover access control mechanisms for parents, awareness raising and education, classification of content as well as working to find ways to remove illegal content. Signatories will implement the Framework through self-regulation at national level. The target for agreement of national codes is February 2008.
“We are pleased to be part of an industry that takes actions in this field. By signing this Framework we increase our efforts to create a safer environment for children using mobile phones”, said Kenneth Karlberg, President TeliaSonera Mobility Services.
TeliaSonera is constantly working with parents and other stakeholders to improve safer use of mobile phones. TeliaSonera’s Norwegian subsidiary Netcom, as well as Telia in Sweden and Telia in Denmark, have issued parental guides with advice to parents on the issue of children’s use of mobile phones. TeliaSonera is also working closely with law enforcement agencies and other bodies to combat child pornography on the Internet. The European Framework offers a platform to further address the issue of children and mobile safety.
“The Framework is setting ambitious principles for the EU-wide mobile industry.
TeliaSonera are signing up to these principles which will be implemented in all our fully owned companies. We hope many other mobile operators in our markets also will join”, Kenneth Karlberg said.
The Framework, endorsed by 17 signatories representing operators and content providers, took place on the Safer Internet Day in Brussels in the presence of the European Commissioner for the Information Society Viviane Reding.
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