Educating citizens on Broadband and new technologies

Educating citizens on Broadband and new technologies

OTE has adopted an array of actions and initiatives aimed at educating and familiarising the public with broadband services, seeking to bridge both the digital divide between urban centres and remote regions in Greece as well as between Greece and other countries of the European Union.
To that end, in 2010:

  • We completed the Information Campaign targeted at consumers and aiming at raising awareness regarding the capabilities offered by the use of broadband. This campaign was hosted at 88 specially designated areas (Internet Corners) that operated within OTESHOP stores, informing more than 7,000 citizens about broadband services.
  • The ‘Computer Re-Use Programme' spanning the entire country was continued for the 5th year, promoting the reuse of computers and other technological equipment at schools and Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • OTE sponsored for the 7th consecutive year, the ‘LISIAS’ Pan-Hellenic School Contest, in which more than 40.000 pupils participated. The contest teaches fairness between pupils with regard to subjects relating to their interests and school knowledge, while getting acquainted with new technologies, at the same time.

Internet Safety

p>In 2010 OTE launched its new strategy regarding internet safety including a number of new initiatives and aiming to position the company as a leader in this area of CR. Specifically in 2010 OTE:
  • Published a special leaflet, titled “Safely Surf the Internet”, addressed to parents, providing simple and useful advice on the proper and safe use of the Internet. This leaflet is distributed with every purchase made from OTE’s extensive nationwide Store Network
  • Organised information sessions on Safer Internet for OTE employees and their families, aiming at raising awareness and informing them on this crucial subject. Sessions are also held in local communities, in collaboration with OTE Employees' Cultural Centres throughout Greece.
  • Commenced planning for a number of public briefing sessions on Safer Internet issues, to start in 2011, in cooperation with the medical advisor of the Adolescent Health Unit. The sessions are addressed to pupils, parents, teachers and the public in general, and will be held in the OTE Telecommunications Museum, as well as in numerous regions of Greece where OTE has developed partnerships with the local communities.
  • Participates in Greek Awareness Centre Saferinternet.gr, part of the European Union’s safer internet programme, which implements a variety of awareness activities, such as informative seminars towards the wider public, train-the-trainers workshops for educators, promotion of issues concerning Internet safety to the mass media, creation of polymorphic online an print material, and TV and radio campaigns. The Awareness Centre collaborates with representatives from the government, the online technologies industry, as well as NGOs in Greece and abroad, which have as primary goal the provision of a safer online environment.
  • Sponsors and supports, in the framework of the saferinternet.gr programme, the work of the ‘Adolescent Health Unit’ of the 2nd Paediatric Clinic of the University of Athens at the ‘Pedon P. & A. KIRIAKOU’ Hospital, which operates the toll-free ‘YPOSTIRIZO’ Help Line number (80011 80015 ). The Help Line offers support to teenagers to overcome addiction to the internet as well as guidance on how to use the internet safely. The Help Line received 1.484 call (September 2009 – December 2010), 80% of which was made by parents and relatives of children, seeking advise on internet addiction problems.
  • Commercially developed the 'Online Protection' service, offering integrated e-mail and computer protection with the use of the Firewall, Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam applications. The service also includes the upgraded Parental Control function, which allows parents to check, filter and block access to web pages with unsuitable content (such as violence, gambling, guns, drugs etc), specifying the protection level according to the children's age.
  • Provides a section with useful advice on security issues on the OTENET customer service website, at http://www.otenet.gr/hd/
  • Manages the http://www.otenet.gr/hd/HTML/abuse.htm website, providing information to Internet users concerning safe browsing (spam, mail bombing, hacking, port scanning, etc).
  • Participates in the Safenet non-profit organisation, the mission of which is to promote regulatory procedures targeting safer Internet use and the protection of children from unsuitable content.