01 December 2011
Vodafone today announced the launch of two initiatives to protect children and young people and to empower and inform parents as smartphones play an increasingly important role in how families manage their daily lives.
Additionally, Vodafone announced today that it is to be a founding member of a new pan-European task force, the CEO Coalition, established by the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, to enhance child safety online. For further details of the CEO Coalition, visit: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/self_reg
Vodafone Guardian app
Vodafone has developed a new smartphone app, the Vodafone Guardian, which enables parents and carers to protect children and young people from inappropriate calls, messages and online content. The app is launched today in Egypt, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the UK with other markets to follow next year. It is available free of charge.
Vodafone Guardian is designed for the Android operating system - used by smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC and Sony Ericsson, as well as on Vodafone’s own brand smartphones – and offers parents a greater degree of control than is available on other smartphones available today.
The Vodafone Guardian app enables parents to configure their children's smartphones to:
The Vodafone Guardian app also includes the following functions set by default:
Mobile internet content
Vodafone has established network-level content filters in nine countries, under which internet content unsuitable for under-18s can be blocked over 3G networks without adult consent.
Vodafone also works closely with the Internet Watch Foundation (www.iwf.org.uk) in supporting the industry hotline for reporting child pornography websites and is a founder member of the GSMA Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content.
Vodafone Digital Parenting app
In addition to the Vodafone Guardian app, Vodafone has today launched a companion app, Vodafone Digital Parenting. This provides parents and carers with information and advice on how to ensure that children and young people get the greatest benefit from the smartphone revolution whilst avoiding the challenges and risks which are of concern to parents worldwide.
The Vodafone Digital Parenting app is designed for smartphones running the Android operating system and is also available free of charge from today for Vodafone customers in the UK, with other markets to follow in due course.
Vodafone is also part of the cross-sector educational initiative, Teach Today, which provides schools with information about positive, safe and responsible use of new technologies. The Teach Today initiative is endorsed by the European Commission.
Vodafone Group CEO, Vittorio Colao said, “The smartphone revolution is enormously positive for society, transforming the way millions of people communicate, share and learn. Children and young people have an intuitive understanding of the new world of smartphone communications and the mobile internet. However, parents who are concerned about the potential risks from cyber-bullying and unsuitable content often lack the tools, support and skills to protect and support their children. The Vodafone Guardian and Digital Parenting apps will empower parents and enhance their ability to share in their children's digital journey to adulthood."
Notes to editors
Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 391 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as at 30 September 2011. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com
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