SURE has joined the Internet Watch Foundation as part of its continuing commitment to protect its customers from accessing unsuitable websites.
The IWF, which promotes the safe use of technology, is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre. Its members, of which there are nearly 120, are aiming to eliminate images showing the sexual abuse of children from the internet.
‘Sure has been wholeheartedly committed to doing what it can to ensure island youngsters are safe online and not able to access to unsuitable images. We have been very involved in the e-safety strategy in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and our experienced staff have given advice to hundreds of parents and guardians on the steps they can take to reduce the risk,’ said Eddie Saints, chief executive officer of Sure in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
‘Today’s youngsters are known as digital natives as they can capably use every device their households own but we know that it is impossible to protect them without some significant global changes.
‘We are regularly asked to comment on internet safety in the media and have always been consistent in our view that internet providers are limited by what they can achieve as filtering of a global medium is almost impossible with new sites, adverts and content being added every day. That’s why we publicly welcomed last year’s announcement by Google that it was to block searches linked to child abuse as it was a positive step forward.
‘Joining the IWF is a natural step for Sure. Our membership of will ensure that we are at the forefront of advice and technology we give to customers but also adds our weight to the growing global voice against child abuse.’