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  • 2018 Corporate Responsibility Report

Collaboration for the protection of minors

We want to create a safe and positive online experience for children and young people. We offer them attractive, exciting content on age-appropriate websites.

Promotion of standardized child protection offers
In 2016, we joined the non-profit organization JusProg e.V. The organization operates the child protection program JusProg. The software protects children and young people on the internet by blocking content through filter lists or customized settings for parents.

This software is a general child protection program in Germany that has been officially recognized by Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V. (FSM, the Association for the Voluntary Self-Monitoring for Multimedia Service Providers) pursuant to statutory requirements (Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Human Dignity and the Protection of Minors in Broadcasting and in Telemedia). The software was most recently evaluated in March 2017.

We decided in 2016 to donate the rights to the program code behind our child protection software (Windows) and our child protection app, Surfgarten, (iPhone/iPad) to JusProg e.V. in order to expand our involvement in child protection efforts.

Commitment to FSM
We are a founding member and part of the executive board of FSM, the Association for the Voluntary Self-Monitoring for Multimedia Service Providers. The association published the “Index for Youth Media Protection” for the first time in 2017. It indicates the extent to which the protection of young people from negative experiences online is anchored in the concerns, attitudes, knowledge and actions of parents, learning specialists and teachers, and young people themselves. It provides the basis for recognizing strengths and weaknesses in today’s media regulations for youth media protection and the available support measures for media education, which provide starting points for their continued development. The 2018 youth media protection report specifically addressed teachers and educational specialists.

Teachtoday in the Aktionsbund Digitale Sicherheit (Digital Security Action Alliance)
In addition to these solutions, we also promote safe and responsible media use among children and young people with our Teachtoday initiative. The initiative supports children and their families with practical and everyday tips and materials.