UNICEF and the Municipality of Tirana inaugurated the fifth “Friendly Wi-Fi” zone at Skanderbeg Squa

On 22nd November, UNICEF and Tirana Municipality inaugurated the fifth "friendly wi-fi" zone at Scanderbeg Square. “Friendly Wi-Fi” is a certification service, which originates from the UK, and ensures that internet content is filtered from illegal and pornographic materials. This novelty was brought to Albania by UNICEF as a result of its flagship program on children’s safety online and it aims to offer families and children with a more secure and more appropriate alternative to navigate the internet.

During the period of June-October 2019, since the certification of the first Friendly Wi-Fi spot on the Artificial Lake of Tirana, on average per month were blocked: 43,000 internet requests to access blacklisted or adult websites; 150 different blacklisted or adult websites; and 4,000 child sexual abuse and pornography content.

The event was greeted by Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Anisa Ruseti, “I’m very pleased that today thanks to Albtelecom, we have another safe internet access for children. Together with UNICEF we made possible Child Friendly Wi-Fi in the Scanderbeg square. We are committed to keep our children safe online for their social development and wellbeing and provide further assurance to parents that their children can navigate safely”.

In his remarks, Dr Roberto De Bernardi mentioned that Albtelecom, as one of the biggest private sector player in the ICT industry, is setting a new standard for social responsibility towards children’s protection and wellbeing. “We are ready to further discuss the possibility of expanding “Friendly Wi-Fi” to other public venues. Our work will continue to advance this initiative and build awareness and recognition on children’s online safety” concluded De Bernardi.