2013: The Impact of “Building Digital Resilience”

The spread of mobile internet services worldwide has occurred at a rapid pace. This expansion is changing millions of people’s lives, with mobile devices providing unprecedented voice, video and social media communication capabilities and instant access to a vast range of information and entertainment services.

In the process, mobile internet access is also rapidly becoming part of life for children and young people. This brings with it substantial benefits, but also risks. What this means is that if the gains of mobile internet for children are to be reaped while mitigating the risks, companies, governments and other stakeholders need to work closely together.

As a result, Telenor, as one of the world’s major mobile operators, has called stakeholders to take action by commissioning the study in cooperation with Boston Consulting Group.

Key Report Findings:

  • Increase of 100 million online children by 2017 (in Telenor’s 11 markets plus Russia); 85 million of these will use a mobile device as their first access point.
  • More than 14 million children (in 12 markets) may potentially be exposed to harmful online content and as many as 35 million (in 12 markets) children may have experienced some form of cyber bullying.
  • Telenor markets exposed to greatest online risks also have greatest resilience: Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
  • Telenor markets least exposed to online risks also have least resilience: Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Download Telenor report – Building Digital Resilience