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Renowned comedians stress the need for tougher child online protection measures

PANAMA CITY, May 7 2015 – The UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office and GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), with the support of Comedy Central, launched today the ’Stand Up Mobile’ campaign to raise awareness of the risks associated with children’s mobile phone habits and to promote a safer online environment for them.

Through ‘stand-up comedy’ skits, this innovative campaign sheds lights on real-life situations that demonstrate that while the use of mobile phone can be fun for children, it can also expose them to a variety of risks. Starting today, three monologues will be presented on a weekly basis featuring several renowned comedians in Latin America, including Ricardo Quevedo (Colombia), Juan Barraza (Argentina) and Fabrizio Copano (Chile). The ‘stand-up comedy’ shows will be broadcasted by Viacom’s TV channels Comedy Central and Paramount.

The initiative was born from the dissemination strategy of the ‘Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection’ within Latin America. The guidelines were developed by UNICEF and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in collaboration with GSMA. They were designed with the idea of helping mobile operators’ safeguard and promote children’s rights in the digital world.

Among other actions, the guidelines recommend companies in the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry to collaborate with social organizations to promote children-orientated helplines, advocate against ‘cyberbullying’, facilitate systems to block and/or report online child sexual abuse, and encourage children’s participation in society through innovation and positive use of mobile phones.

Stefan Stefansson, UNICEF’s Chief of Partnerships for Latin America and the Caribbean, stated that “nowadays, it is easier for those that have the intention of abusing children to find victims and pursue them through one single ‘click’. Unfortunately, online content related to child sexual abundance, and it can be hosted anywhere in the world. The mobile industry urgently needs to take the necessary measures to protect children online and to help them use their mobile phones adequately. Children’s rights need to protected not only offline but also online”.

The GSMA Director for Latin America, Sebastián Cabello, reiterated the organization’s commitment to the initiative and commented that “It is a great satisfaction for the GSMA to be part of this project that seeks to recreate ways to ensure a safe online environment for children. We have been actively working with mobile operators regionally, together with UNICEF, so children in Latin America can enjoy a safer and more secure online environment”.

The creative direction of the campaign is curtesy of BasevichCrea marketing agency and aims to reach top-in-class executives and influences of the mobile industry and other private sector entities, parents and children that use smartphone and other devices to communicate.
For more information about this campaign, you can visit the website (in Spanish): www.uni.cf/movilseguro.

To be part of this campaign and to support its message, use the following hashtags in social media: #StandUpMobile #MovilSeguro

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org/lac
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About GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences. For more information, visit the corporate web site of the GSMA at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA. GSMA Latin America is the branch of the GSMA in the region. For more information in English, Spanish, and Portuguese see www.gsmala.com - Follow the GSMA LA on Twitter: @GSMALatam.

For more information:
Marisol Quintero, UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean: mquintero@unicef.org   
Phone (+507) 301-7485, Panama City


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