Orange's online child protection policy focuses on three complementary and inter-related elements, on which the Group has made firm commitments within its Corporate Social Responsibility framework:
develop awareness and actively promote the responsible use of technology and the Internet with clear information based on the recommendations of specialised institutions and NGO's
organise training tailored to parents, teachers and children to promote best practice and utilisation of available tools
develop parental control tools and offers adapted for young people using digital services
In these areas, Orange implemented numerous initiatives in 2012. In particular: 'the workshop for parents,' a training initiative organised in Orange stores in France on the theme of online child protection (including setting of parental control and social networks use). More than 130 workshops were organised in 19 French cities. A new programme will be launched in March, 2013. Another initiative in Spain was the creation of an interactive website (http://navegaseguro.orange.es) intended for parents and educators to exchange information about best practice to ensure a safer Internet for young audiences.
The Group also increased its day-to-day work in 2012 of listening and co-operating with the key organisations involved in this area including the GSMA, ICT Coallition and FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute).
Orange underlines the involvement of numerous employees of the Group, who are themselves parents, through initiatives to accompany parents, educators and children as they learn about the Internet and behaviour related to it.
In 2012, in top of the numerous international initiatives that Orange is part of, the Group was an active and committed member of a new initiative - ' CEO Coalition for Making the Internet a better place for Kids', launched at the end of 2011 by Neelie Kroes, Vice-president of the European Commission. This initiative aims to co-ordinate the efforts of all technology and media companies in this area. As part of this, Orange has made public a list of commitments, underlining its strong commitment to online child protection.
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