LIBERTY GLOBAL / UPC / TELENET Safer Internet Day Supporter
Liberty Global plc ("Liberty Global", "Liberty") is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading television, broadband internet, and telephony services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connect 24 million customers who subscribe to nearly 48 million services at September 30, 2013.
Liberty Global understands that we have a responsibility to protect children online in the communities in which we serve. That’s why we are continually investing in educational materials that teach young people, parents and teachers how to stay safe when they are online. We have developed practical toolkits and interactive online activities.
A diagram our partnership with European Schoolnet can be found here.
Liberty Global has been supporting Safer Internet Day since 2007, we believe the best way to protect younger users is to educate and empower them by providing interactive awareness materials and platforms to safeguard themselves.
2008 - Liberty Global together with Insafe published the “Family e-Safety kit: Taming the web,” the first in a series of educational toolkits. This first toolkit, for children ages 6–12 years old, explores online safety issues such as security, communication, cyber-bullying and entertainment, while offering parents, teachers and young people advice on how to overcome these issues. To date, over one million copies of the Family e-Safety kit have been distributed in 18 languages across 23 countries.
2009 - Liberty Global sponsored the European Youth Panel encouraging young people across Europe to discuss emerging internet safety issues.
2011- Liberty Global launched a second toolkit, “Play and learn: Being online,” with Insafe for children ages 4–8 years old. This resource provides younger internet users with a glimpse of how technology can impact their daily lives, and delivers basic messages for keeping safe online. “Play and learn: Being online” is available in 16 languages and over 80,000 copies have been distributed to date
UPC and Klasse TV, have joined forces to develop a digital video based teaching tool on 'Media Literacy'. It is a teaching package designed to help improve the media literacy of school students in the seventh and eighth grades. We believe that it is important for children, their parents and teachers to work together to learn how to deal more effectively with the media.
The 'Media Literacy' teaching package is made up of six modules, each focusing on different aspects of the internet and TV including Social networking sites, Search engines, Advertising, Reliable and unreliable websites, Enjoyable and not so enjoyable TV programs and Digital bullying. Visit the Klasse TV website for more information.
2012 - Liberty Global strengthened its public-private partnership with Insafe by launching an animation aimed at educating parents on children's safety online. The “Who are your kids talking to?” animation provides parents with practical tips to help keep their children safe online and contains 8 informative tip sheets giving practical advice on how to deal with issues ranging from privacy on social networks to meeting online strangers and managing online reputation.
2013/14 - Liberty Global has also partnered with Google and Insafe to create “The Web We Want” - a new educational handbook for 13-16 year olds, developed with young people. Designed to resonate with the needs and preferences of young people today, the booklet encourages them to reflect on issues such as digital footprints, online reputation, rights and responsibilities. Through a variety of hands-on exercises inviting young people to share their experiences and investigate their own online practices. You can download your a copy of “The Web We Want” here.
The eSafety Label - Liberty Global is launching the eSafety Label in 15 languages to schools across Europe. The tool is a practical online portal for schools to assess their eSafety infrastructure, policies and practices against internationally agreed standards. The eSafety Label offers a simple solution for schools to evaluate how they are addressing eSafety and what they might need to do in order to improve their provision - thereby making pupils, staff and the wider school community safer when they are online.
The eSafety Label is a multi-stakeholder project supported by a number of leading companies (Liberty Global, Microsoft, and Telefonica), European Education Ministries (Belgium-Flanders, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal) and National eSafety Centres that recognized the growing needs of schools for assistance and joined forces with European Schoolnet to address the gap.
Liberty Global is also a founding member of the “CEO coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids” launched by the European Commission. The Coalition is a cooperative voluntary intervention, designed to respond to emerging challenges arising from young Europeans going online.
What we are doing to help create a better internet
At Liberty Global we believe in the importance of protecting children, through education and empowerment. Working together with our long term community partner European Schoolnet (EUN), we have created a trilogy of educational toolkits that support parents and teachers to educate and empower young people to safe guard themselves online. Our educational toolkits engage governments, educators, industry and families enabling us to create a better internet together.