For today’s children and young people, mobile phones and the Internet are a natural part of their lives, they are key communication tools. However, new media also have risks. We are aware of that - this is why we have launched a number of initiatives in this area to protect young people. A list of some of our initiatives:
The annual children's survey has been focusing on the issue of "violence and mobile phones" since 2007. According to the survey, one child in six has already encountered violent videos. We take these figures very seriously and try to combat this phenomenon by providing information and education. In addition, we have launched awareness-raising campaigns for parents, children and teachers. We are also actively engaged in combating illegal content.
Our event series "Roundabout Kids" promotes responsible use of new technologies by children. There are regular discussions with parents, teachers and business experts; and we also work on common solutions.
In our Mobile Phone Guide we compiled a brochure with educational material for children in cooperation with the Viennese Youth Advocate and the Austrian Youth Red Cross, containing information and advice on the safe use of mobile phones.
A1 has been cooperating intensively with the Saferinternet.at initiative. It supports parents and children with events, information and advice on safe Internet use. In 2010 we also participated in the European Safer Internet Day. A1 is also a member of the reporting body Stopline.at. Internet users can contact the organisation easily and fast - even anonymously if they wish to - if they find websites with illegal content.
In 2008 the Austrian mobile network operators issued the Code "Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children" and committed themselves to the code on a voluntary basis. These guidelines follow the "European Framework for Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children 2007”, commissioned by the European Commission. Do you have questions on safer mobile or Internet use by your own child? Then contact our Youth Protection Representative.