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Telenor promotes online education against cyberbullying

Adrian M. Reodique | June 17, 2016
Telenor hopes to educate estimated half billion of youth across their markets in Asia who will be accessing the internet for the first time in the next five years.

Mobile operator Telenor Group reinforced its internet safety goals by supporting the Stop Cyberbullying Day 2016 that takes place today (17 June 2016).  

In line, Telenor hopes to educate estimated half billion of youth - across their markets in Asia including Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Thailand - who will be accessing the internet for the first time in the next five years about the benefits of connectivity and how to address online threats.

According to Ola Jo Tandre, Head of Social Responsibility at Telenor Group: "Stop Cyberbullying Day 2016 is a progressive initiative that seeks to address online bullying. With an estimated 100 million young people to come online in Telenor's Asia markets by 2017, creating awareness around this topic is an important part of our efforts to actively reduce cyberbullying levels."

Last February, Telenor released the result of its Safe Internet study which polled more than 1,000 students from some of its Asian markets. In Bangladesh, almost half of the respondents (49 percent) have experienced "being bullied or disturbed online" or "being bullied by the same person both online and offline" or have engaged in cyberbullying others.

In Malaysia and Thailand, the number of respondents who had been cyberbullied or had been subject to cyberbullying is 37 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

Globally, Telenor promotes its cyber education initiatives on its global markets under the "Be Smart, Use Heart" campaign which is directed to school-age children and their parents to address cyberbullying. The programmes provide information and tools to help children and their parents cope with cyberbullying and at the same time address the issues on how to stay safe online and keeping the mobile device secure.

The Stop Cyberbullying Day is now on its fourth year and Telenor aims to help the movement exceed the number of engagement it recorded last year with 45 million people. The movement was launched by Cybersmile Foundation, which uses the social media to spread an anti-cyberbullying message with the #SCD2016 hashtag.

 

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