Telenor India said it has also partnered with Child Helpline, and it will now embed all of its SIMs with 1098 number to offer direct and one touch access to the Child Helpline. About 30 million urban children, under the age of 18, own a personal handset in India, according to studies, which also estimated that 134 million Indian children will come online by 2017.
The company has also done a survey in India, which indicated that 95% children in the age group of 9 to 17 are accessing the internet from a range of devices today. Mobile phone is the preferred device for children in India, the study said, adding that 62.4% of these children are spending up to 4 hours a day on the internet.
Telenor, in a statement, said that it is working towards spreading awareness and building knowledge among children, parents and their teachers about online risks in the country. The telco also introduced WebWise- A Parental Guide to create awareness among parents around safe internet practices. The telco’s WebWise programme, which was launched in 2014, has covered 35000 students across the country.
Telenor said that it organises workshops to familiarise children, parents and children with safe internet habits and ways to protect themselves from cyber harm whole being online.