Mobile network, Three UK, is partnering online safety organisation, Internet Matters, to help protect young people from potentially harmful effects of the internet and mobile devices.
These risks include internet and device addiction, safeguarding issues and cyber-bullying. For example, one in five parents say their child has received cruel comments online, according to Internet Matters.
With a focus on an educational approach, Three and Internet Matters will work together to create resources for teenagers and their parents that address online safety concerns. Rather than discourage internet and mobile use, Three says it wants to show that “when used safely, the online world can be a limitless resource of fun, education and empowerment”.
Three will also look to bring information and materials from Internet Matters into its existing Discovery programme – an in-store initiative which offers free training and workshops on digital and mobile technology.
The operator’s role
Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: “As a mobile operator we have a huge part to play in supporting parents and children to keep safe online. We felt it was important for us to become part of a trusted organisation such as Internet Matters, where we can share knowledge and collaborate with other members to ensure advice is easily accessible for the customer.”
He added: “We want everyone to enjoy the many benefits of mobile devices, which far outweigh the negative aspects, and we recognise there is a dark side. We believe that this partnership will enable us to create some meaningful resources and ways to help customers understand how to protect themselves and their children, helping to build a safer mobile future for all.”