Children, mobile phones and safety


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Children, mobile phones and safety

  1. 1. EuropeChildren, mobile phonesand online safetyAs the use of mobile phones by children and young people continues to grow,mobile operators need to adopt a consistently responsible approach in orderto protect and support younger users. The GSMA leads and participates inmany initiatives which are designed to address issues related to childprotection and the safer use of mobile phones by children and young people.
  2. 2. Europe1. Action against online child sexual abuse ■ These recommendations cover access 3. Working in partnership and with content (child pornography) control mechanisms for mobile key stakeholders operators’ own and third partyIn 2008 the GSMA launched the Mobile commercial content, the classification Engagement between the GSMA andAlliance against Child Sexual Abuse of this content according to existing other industry organisations and externalContent, an international industry standards in other media, education stakeholders is critical to the success ofinitiative to obstruct the use of the and awareness-raising on the safer initiatives in the area of child online environment by individuals or use of mobile devices by children,organisations wishing to consume or profit and fighting illegal content on mobile ■ Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)from child sexual abuse content. community products and the Internet. The GSMA is a member of FOSI, whichThrough the Mobile Alliance initiative, Endorsed by Viviane Reding, European works to make the online world safer formobile operators have commited to Commissioner for Information Society children and their families by identifyingcreating significant barriers to the misuse and Media, the Framework has led to and promoting best practice, tools andof mobile networks and services for the development of codes of conduct on methods in the field of online safety,hosting, accessing, or profiting from safer mobile use in 23 EU Member States that also respect free expression. FOSIchild sexual abuse content. The Alliance to the benefit of 96% of European mobile does this through the development ofencourages all mobile operators, regardless customers. public policy, technology, education andof access technology, and the wider mobile special events. Natasha Jackson, Headcommunity to participate in the Alliance. of Content Policy at the GSMA, is Research and Educational Resources current Chair of FOSI. To gain a better understanding of and ■ ITU Child Online Protection (COP)2. Promoting a responsible approach to share information about the ways in which The GSMA is a member of the ITU’s children’s use of mobile phones children use mobile phones around the COP initiative and has worked to share world, the GSMA regularly undertakes its knowledge and experience of mobileThe GSMA undertakes a number of phone safety into the industry guidelines research projects in partnership with otherprogrammes and initiatives designed to produced by the ITU. industry players and academic researchsafeguard the use of mobile phones by organisations. The report “Children’s ■ Financial Coalition againstchildren and to enable operators to address Use of Mobile Phones – An International Child Pornographynew issues in an efficient and timely manner. Comparison” is published annually The GSMA is a formal collaborator with by the GSMA in conjunction with NTT The Financial Coalition Against ChildSupport and informational resources DOCOMO’s Mobile Society Research Pornography, a coalition of credit cardfor mobile operators Institute (MSRI), and compares the social issuers and Internet services companies■ The GSMA encourages its member impact of mobile phone use by children which seeks to eliminate the profitability operators to adopt responsible at different stages in their development in of commercial child pornography by approaches to children’s use of mobile geographically diverse countries. following the flow of funds and shutting phones and in particular their access to down the payments accounts that are age sensitive content (i.e. content that in being used by these illegal entreprises. other types of media may be subject to ■ Hotlines and other stakeholders age-related restrictions). In its work with the Mobile Alliance, the■ The GSMA provides support, education GSMA also works closely with INHOPE and informational resources to its (the International Association of Internet members and shares best practice and Hotlines) as well as other external produces toolkits for member operators stakeholders that are actively engaged which include information and case in combating online child sexual abuse studies on initiatives undertaken around TeachToday – Public-private partnership content. the world. to deliver educational resources – The GSMA is a member of the The GSMA has joined other leading Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), theSelf-regulatory frameworks internet, mobile network and social UK internet ‘Hotline’ for the publicand initiatives networking providers and European to report their exposure to online Schoolnet, a network of 31 Ministries of child sexual abuse content hostedThe GSMA promotes self-regulatory Education, to deliver TeachToday – an anywhere in the world and criminallyapproaches to children’s use of mobile educational website which provides obscene and incitement to racialphones which are more effective in information and advice for teachers hatred content hosted inadapting to fast moving technologies and the school community on the the UK.and allow for differences in cultural and positive, responsible and safe use of new standards. communications technologies. The website is being localised in multiple languagesEuropean Framework for Safer Mobile and countries across Europe.Use by Younger Teenagers and Children■ A self-regulatory initiative by the mobile industry, which makes recommendations to ensure that younger teenagers and children can safely access content on their mobile phones. living with technology© Copyright GSMA 2009.