Three partners with Internet Matters to Keep Children Safe Online

Three has today announced its partnership with the pioneering online safety organisation, Internet Matters, committing its support to guide to both parents and children safely through the digital world.

The risk to child wellbeing online is evolving rapidly with almost 1 in 5 parents admitting their child has received cruel comments online[1]. The new partnership seeks to direct teenagers and parents alike, to a wealth of combined knowledge that is trustworthy, easily accessible and helps anyone that is regularly online, feel up to date and well informed.

As pioneers of mobile data and more recently the “Phones are Good” debate, Three is committed to making a positive impact when it comes to internet and mobile protection for the younger generation. Three wants to help unlock all the benefits and fun of mobile devices through better understanding of some of the more negative aspects.

To deliver this education programme, Three and Internet Matters will work collaboratively to create meaningful resources that address online safety concerns. Rather than discourage internet and mobile use, the resources will show that when used safely the online world can be a limitless resource of fun, education and empowerment.

As well as combining both institutions’ expertise, Three, the best network for data, will also look to bring new insight from Internet Matters into its already successful Discovery programme – an in-store initiative which offers free training and workshops on digital and mobile technology to all individuals, communities and businesses, regardless of age of network.

The first year of the partnership will see the duo kick-start their plans and develop wider campaigns that will equip parents and teenagers with the knowledge and tools to help everyone enjoy the internet as safely as possible.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: “As a mobile operator we have a huge part to play in supporting parents and children to keep safe online. We felt it was important for us to become part of a trusted organisation such as Internet Matters, where we can share knowledge and collaborate with other members to ensure advice is easily accessible for the customer.

“We want everyone to enjoy the many benefits of mobile devices which far outweighs the negative aspects and we recognise there is a dark side. We believe that this partnership will enable us to create some meaningful resources and ways to help customers understand how to protect themselves and their children helping to build a safer mobile future for all.”

Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters said: “At Internet Matters, we hear first hand from parents who want to know how they can help their children stay safe on mobile devices.