At the heart of our Manifesto is the belief that technology should earn people's trust and transform their lives for the better. So we take a responsible approach to tech and respect human rights in our own business and through our broader relationships, as reflected in BT Group’s Human Rights Policy.
This approach recognises that some groups of people are more vulnerable or have particular characteristics that need special consideration.
As a company serving families and those caring for children across the UK, we understand that children’s lives are increasingly playing out in the digital world. Research from Ofcom showed that 90% of children own their own mobile by the time they are 11, with around 80% having had at least one potentially harmful experience online in the past year.
While many child rights issues are also human rights issues affecting everyone, children merit dedicated attention because they are still developing, and they need support to protect their rights and encourage their empowerment. That is why we continually review our impact on children’s rights and safety in the digital environment.
This work is overseen by BT Group’s Responsible Tech Steering Group. We also report progress to BT Group’s Responsible Business Committee.
BT Group is a digital business. So, we looked at child rights in the digital environment for those under 18. We also consider child rights in our supply chain, and in how we treat our employees with caring responsibilities. Information on these areas can be found below.