Research and further information
The mYouth team compiles information relating to young people and mobile services. As well as commissioning our own reports on the subject of young people’s usage of mobile devices and more, we aim to be a central resource hub for wider industry documentation, information and links.
Please navigate this area of the site to access our most up-to-date resources.
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mYouth and the global landscape
mYouth – flyer
As children’s use of mobile phones continues to grow, mobile operators have a role to play in ensuring young people’s mobile experience is positive, safe and enriching.
Third implementation review of the European Framework for Safer Mobile use by younger teenagers and children
As growing numbers of mobile operators offer their customers access to a range of content services, they are faced with the challenge of how to manage content which would have been subject to age restrictions if accessed through different channels. To address the issue directly and to create a framework within which a wide range of content services can be offered to customers, the European mobile industry developed, with the endorsement of the European Commission, the ‘European Framework for Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children’.The framework contains recommendations designed to ensure that younger teenagers and children can safely access content on their mobile phones. These recommendations relate to:
- Classification of commercial content – mobile operators’ own and third party commercial content should be classified in line with existing national standards of decency and appropriateness so as to identify content unsuitable for viewing by younger teenagers and children
- Access control mechanisms – appropriate means for parents for controlling access to this content should be provided
- Education and awareness-raising – mobile operators should work to raise awareness and provide advice to parents on safer use of mobile services, and ensure customers have ready-access to mechanisms for reporting safety concerns
- Fighting illegal content on mobile community products or the Internet – mobile operators should work with law enforcement agencies, national authorities and INHOPE or equivalent bodies to combat illegal content on the Internet.