7th February - The Go-Ahead Group has secured the ‘Friendly WiFi’ certification for its provision of internet access on connected buses and trains.
The certification means that internet services accessed through Go-Ahead’s onboard WiFi will be family friendly and suitable for all ages.
One of the UK’s largest public transport operators, Go-Ahead is committed to providing internet access on buses and trains across the country, and the free network will filter out inappropriate content, including indecent images and advertisements, providing confidence to parents that the service is safe for children to use.
The certification was carried out by Friendly WiFi - the government-initiated safe certification standard. Launched by David Cameron in 2013, the Friendly WiFi logo tells customers that services meet agreed filtering standards.
Katy Taylor, the Group’s Commercial and Customer Director said:
“More and more of our customers rely on the free WiFi we provide to be able to stay connected – with news alerts, social media and messages. We know how important it is to stay connected for people of all ages, especially on the go. We’re very proud to be Friendly WiFi certified, providing further reassurance to parents and to all of our customers that children can browse safely online while they’re out and about.”
John Carr - Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS) said:
“The Friendly WiFi symbol was designed to help children, young people and adults recognise a service that assures them that the public WiFi that they are accessing is filtered and safe. To parents, the symbol not only gives them confidence that the WiFi is filtered and independently certified, but that the WiFi that meets minimum standards goes a long way to ensuring no-one is unsafe or uncomfortable as they travel.”