February 11 was the global ‘Safer Internet Day’ and in celebration of the occasion, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn. Bhd. and Telenor Group (Norwegian telecommunications group with 49% stake on DiGi) are taking the opportunity to lend their voices to help “create a better internet together”, focusing particularly on online safety for children.
“Telenor came to Asia two decades ago with a fundamental belief that mobile is for everyone. Now, the mass market is moving towards mobile internet and we are determined to bring ‘Internet for All’. Mobile and data connectivity brings tremendous opportunities to people, businesses, and societies, especially for youth who can connect, learn and avail services unimaginable only a few years back,” said Sigve Brekke, Executive Vice-President and Head of Telenor’s Asian operations, and Chairman of DiGi.
Brekke added that as important as the internet is, the opportunities brought upon by the connectivity are not without risks. A fresh data from Boston Consulting Group regarding internet use among children revealed that:
DiGi also conducted an internet safety survey last year, polling Malaysia’s 10,000 students from 460 schools nationwide, as part of its CyberSAFE in Schools workshops. The results determined that:
“As we connect Asia, it’s important that we do so safely and responsibly. Particularly for first-time users and children,” said Ola Jo Tandre, Telenor’s Director of Corporate Responsibility
See also: CyberSAFE video campaign