PROTECTING AND EMPOWERING CHILDREN

Children and young people are active users of our services. Our commitment and responsibility is to respect and support children’s and young people’s rights to participation, protection and well-being. We work on our own and together with experienced partners to protect and empower children and young people online.

We believe that the internet enriches children’s lives and provides them with opportunities to improve their digital skills as well as to socialize, play and learn. However, children are particularly vulnerable to online threats such as cyber bullying and inappropriate content. Keeping children safe online requires an integrated approach across the broader technology industry and the society. Telia Company works closely with other companies and organizations within and outside our industry to drive common approaches to safe browsing and app use, as well as respectful online behavior among children and young people.

Ongoing climate change and unsustainable use of natural resources has a big impact on children’s safety, health and well-being, and is increasing concerns about their future, voiced by today’s changemaker generation. We have committed to reach zero CO2 and zero waste by 2030. Read more about our environmental agenda here.

From the child’s perspective, all rights in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are interconnected, meaning we need to fully apply the convention. As practical guidance to implementing the convention, we have committed to implement the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

Our work contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

To reflect our efforts, Telia Company has been ranked ’leader’ in the Global Child Forum and Boston Consulting Group latest report released in November 2019, in which close to 700 of the world’s largest companies have been assessed in regards to safeguarding children’s rights.

Read the report here

THE ICT PERSPECTIVE ON CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

Together with Save the Children Finland, we carried out an assessment of the most material themes in the Convention on the Rights of the Child for Telia Company. By focusing on these themes we help further children’s rights in the digital age in our core markets. 

RIGHT TO AN IDENTITY AND  PRIVACY

Today, knowledge about privacy and protection of your own data is more important than ever. Unfortunately, children’s and young people’s awareness and data protection skills vary greatly, and the risk of identity theft and other privacy-intrusive attacks is always present in an online environment.

RIGHT TO INFORMATION AND PARTICIPATION

Efforts to protect children and young people from harmful content online should not restrict children’s right to participation and information. Censorship, filtering or blocking technologies should not be understood as a “perfect fix”. Empowering children to independently and safely use digital media for their own purposes requires guidance and support from adults. As online participation is a fundamental part of modern citizenship, children and young people must be able to influence decision-making that affects their lives, for example in regard to technology, online gaming and social media.

RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, LEISURE AND PLAY

Digital environments are full of opportunities to play, have fun, meet friends and develop digital skills, and children have the right to gather online for communication and expression. Age-appropriate digital activities can support children’s physical, mental, emotional and social development and help them understand how to be part of a rapidly changing, digital society.

RIGHT TO SAFEty AND PROTECTion FROM ALL FORMS OF abuse

Protecting children from harm and risks in online environments is our top priority. Children need support from, and guidance through open discussion with, adults on how to protect themselves and what is appropriate behavior online. We want the ICT industry and adults to take a clear stand against cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual abuse and exploitation, discrimination and hate speech.

RIGHT TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

The digitalization of societies affects children’s health and well-being; the impact of which we are only starting to understand. It is important to prevent and alleviate any potentially harmful effects that technology may have on children’s health and well-being, and to actively seek opportunities to improve the health of children using new technology.

Read more about our work in the Annual and Sustainability Report, pages 54-55.

For more information, contact heddy.ring@teliacompany.com