Telenor HiperSuli launches video series to raise digital awareness among parents and children

Telenor presents special offer to coincide with the beginning of the school year

With the new school year approaching, HiperSuli has launched a 12-part TudatosNet video series to help parents and children stay safe in the online space. The short videos presenting the basics of safe and responsible internet use focus on topics such as the responsible use of chat applications, online harassment or parental control. They provide practical advice on how to recognize a fake profile, how to improve the safety of browsing or what to do if your account was hacked.

The new school year is planned to start with traditional classroom education in September but the possibility of a second lockdown cannot be excluded in the near future. If that happens, students will be forced to return to the online space. Although digital education became a priority out of necessity over the past months, this challenge also offers many valuable opportunities. Increased online presence can accelerate the improvement of children’s digital skills and it also draws more attention to their online safety and responsibility. Based on a survey by Ipsos KidComm[1], nine out of ten Hungarian families have a PC or laptop, one in two have a tablet, but 22% of parents pay no attention whatsoever to the threats or the safety of internet use.

Guidance for discussions about the digital world

Telenor has a long-standing commitment to online safety. Its digital education program HiperSuli focuses on responsible internet and technology use. In addition to school sessions, HiperSuli provides a quiz-based learning material titled TudatosNet available to all.

“Gadgets, apps and online contact are an integral part of children’s lives and their role became even more important during the coronavirus pandemic. To make children responsible internet users, this topic should be discussed with them not only at school but also at home. Based on our experience, many parents need help to ensure the digital safety of their children. Families should talk about the online world and its threats. The new video series aims to give parents guidance on how to approach such conversations”, said Balázs Koren, head of the program.

“Some videos address parents, others are more for children, but the best approach is to watch them together and discuss what they’ve seen. We want to take our online safety content to as many people as possible because everyone is vulnerable to online threats,” added Balázs Koren.

When schools were shut due to the coronavirus outbreak, HiperSuli supported teachers to help them overcome the challenge in many different ways. Besides creating the TudásPakk package including the experience gained with digital education since spring this year and providing advice to parents and teachers for the summer vacation, it has also launched a curriculum development competition resulting in a digital curriclum library. Now HiperSuli address parents with its TudatosNet video series available to all at www.telenor.hu/hipersuli-ajanlat.

Device, mobile internet and knowledge in one

Telenor also wants to support its customers in setting up the digital infrastructure for home schooling. Its HiperSuli offer scheduled to coincide with the start of the school year is combined with the important CSR goal of raising digital awareness. The offer includes a tablet designed to meet the current needs of digital education and a Hipernet Home+ mobile internet tariff plan. Customers making a 2-year commitment will be eligible not only to the included data allowance, but also an additional 1GB of data every 31 days (12 times in total) that can be used for learning or watching TudatosNet videos available at www.telenor.hu/hipersuli-ajanlat during the 30 days starting from activation. This way, the parents redeeming this offer will not only get the data allowance needed for studying at home but they can also improve the family’s digital safety and awareness.

“Banning children from the use of digital devices is not a viable option in the long run. Parents should be children’s partners rather than their enemies in the digital space. They should discover the online world together, learning from each other. In order for parents to understand what happens in the digital space and be able to help, they need to improve their own skills and keep communicating with their children about their experience, the opportunities and threats of the digital world. If a parent feels helpless or needs information, they should always remember that they are not alone with their questions or dilemmas and can get help online through e.g. TudatosNet videos or those available on my YouTube channel”, said psychologist Dániel Tóth, owner of YouTube channel “Pszichológus Pasi” and expert of the digital world.

More information: www.telenor.hu/hipersuli-ajanlat

[1] In 2016 and autumn 2019, Ipsos KidComm conducted a syndicated survey on the media consumption and device usage habits of children aged 8 to 17, based on one-on-one questionnaire interviews with parents and children. The survey using a sample of 800 children and parents aimed to assess lifestyle, interests and media consumption habits in the first place, with a special focus on digital media consumption, including online and social media.