Telenor's safe Internet school outreach kicks off
August 11, 2016- Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) kicked-off its “Safe Internet” school outreach pilot activities last week aiming to help people use Internet in a safer and more responsible way. Under the initiative Telenor will conduct Safe Internet talks at a number of government and private high schools in Yangon, and private and monastic schools in Mandalay by the end of 2016.
“Availability of affordable telecommunications services and smartphones has presented tremendous opportunities for many people across Myanmar to connect more conveniently. As more and more people begin to use Internet it becomes essential that all users, especially the young people, utilize Internet safely and responsibly. By doing so not only users themselves but also their community and society are believed to benefit. Based on the result of this pilot project we plan to scale up the programme around the country next year,” said Min Thu, head of Telenor’s Business Sustainability.
Telenor today operates about 6,100 towers across the country offering services in all states and regions to more than 17 million customers. Being the Myanmar’s largest Internet Network Telenor also offers youths across the country chances to tap and exploit a wealth of resources available online.
The first school talk under the Safe Internet initiative was held at Min Myanmar Private High School in Mandalay Region on 7 August and about 100 students joined the talk. Topics discussed at the talk include how to use Internet effectively, how to avoid the possible dangers on the Internet under the topics of cyber bulling, cyber grooming and hate speech.
In May 2016, Telenor also launched a parental guide book for children to be aware of the potential risks that need to be mitigated when children are online. The guide book “How to Talk to Your Children about the Internet” covers introduction to the Internet, why should parents talk to their kids about the Internet, what should parents say, and some real-life stories of kids and the Internet. The book (Myanmar language) is available to download at http://bit.ly/TelenorSafeInternet.
In addition to the school outreach activity, a series of briefing and awareness sessions on safe Internet will also be conducted in Telenor’s Light Houses and non-formal education classes under the Safe Internet Programme. Safe Internet Programme is initiated as a part of its Corporate Responsibility programme. In addition, Telenor’s Corporate Responsibility initiative also includes Telenor’s Light Houses for promoting digital literacy; Myanmar Mobile Education Project providing non-formal education to underprivileged children and mHealth for maternal and child health information app, and humanitarian relief support for disaster-affected communities including response to the flooding in Myanmar.
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