WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the nation's leading organization dedicated to educating parents, companies, children, educators and policymakers about Internet safety, announced today that TELUS, Canada's fastest growing telecommunications provider, will become its newest member and the first Canadian company to join the organization. Additionally, Andrea Goertz, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, TELUS, will join FOSI's Board of Directors.
TELUS provides connectivity and technology solutions to its customers while also creating and raising awareness of programs related to corporate social responsibility, empowerment of youth and doing good through technology. A sponsor of MediaSmarts, the company shares the same dedication to helping youth and their families stay safer online through education and digital literacy. As a founding partner of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, TELUS created the TELUS Mobile Safety Series, an online resource that provides information about mobile safety strategies and how to report abuse.
"I am delighted that TELUS is bringing their considerable expertise and leadership in the online safety space to FOSI as our newest member," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute. "The addition of Andrea Goertz to our board allows us to learn from TELUS' innovative work in Canada and we are keen to share their best practices with our membership and the broader Internet community."
In 2013, TELUS launched TELUS WISE (Wise Internet and Smartphone Education), a unique educational program officially endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. It focuses on Internet and smartphone safety to help keep youth and their families safer online. It is available as a free resource to all Canadians and offers both one-on-one and group training within communities and at TELUS retail locations across the country.
"TELUS' commitment to educating Canadian families about staying safer online is one of vital importance and the driving force behind launching our own unique Internet safety educational program," said Andrea Goertz, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, TELUS. "I am proud to join the FOSI board and believe that our collaborative efforts will extend our reach and strengthen our ability to help families protect themselves."
The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization that works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety. Through research, resources, events and special projects, FOSI promotes a culture of responsibility online and encourages a sense of digital citizenship for all. FOSI's membership includes 30 of the leading Internet and telecommunications companies around the world.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.7 billion of annual revenue and 13.4 million customer connections, including 7.9 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 865,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by Executive Chairman Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 community boards across Canada have lead the company's support of grassroots charities and will have contributed $47 million in support of 3,700 local charities organizations by the end of 2014, enriching the lives of more than two million Canadian children and youth. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.