In a further step to safeguard and protect its customers and decrease the chances of vulnerable groups accessing child sexual abuse content, JT has joined the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
The IWF promotes the safe and responsible use of technology and is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, working with Childnet International and the South West Grid for Learning. Collectively its membership, of nearly 120 organisations now including JT, is working towards eliminating child sexual abuse imagery from the internet.
Dave Newbold, Chief Operations and Technology Officer for JT, said: “The issue of children accessing inappropriate material on-line, whether through a computer, tablet or mobile phone, is one which JT as a responsible operator takes very seriously indeed. We are therefore pleased to have joined the IWF and work with fellow members to drive the changes to ensure that children can be safe on-line.
“In Guernsey we attend and actively contribute towards the existing e-safety committee strategy sessions, and we also offer comprehensive and practical advice to our customers on technical solutions available to help them stay in control; such as enabling their internet routers to block certain sites, or setting up parental controls, as well as general advice on which routers to buy that will provide in-built controls for parents. Going forward our aim is for our engineers to explore further the technological solutions which might allow us to be even more pro-active in the future. In the meantime we will continue our educational initiatives and as members of the IWF strive towards making the internet a safe environment for everyone.
He added: “We welcomed the announcement by Google last year that it is to block Internet search results that are linked to child abuse sites. As we have said before on this issue, it is not a problem which can be solved by the internet service provider, such as JT, in isolation; there is also a role to play here for government, schools and parents as well, as it’s not a straightforward subject. For example, who decides which sites to block and how do we safeguard that sites do not continue under our radar? JT will be watching very closely to see how these problems are resolved in the UK, in common with other operators and interested groups, and then carefully assessing that solution for our customers in the Channel Islands”.