Creating Family Rules on Internet and Mobile Phone Use

At the SoftBank Group we are working to improve information ethics and literacy among children so they can use their mobile phones safely and securely.

Reinforcing rules for mobile phone use at home and at school

SoftBank Corp.

At SoftBank, we are proactively working with children and their guardians to raise awareness of rules and good practices for the appropriate use of mobile phones and smartphones.

Mobile phone rules for children

In addition to enabling security features such as filtering, it is important that families also discuss proper mobile phone usage, agree on rules for parental oversight, and encourage good manners to ensure children use mobile phones safely.

Information ethics education program

SoftBank is working with the Association of Corporation and Education, a non-profit organization providing workshop-style classroom lectures, to plan and produce educational DVDs and teacher guides for information ethics lecture programs.

The educational DVDs and the teacher's guide are intended to prompt participants to become aware of and discuss issues raised in the videos, enabling anyone to easily take part in these participatory classes and lectures.

The DVDs are available free of charge to school staff, PTAs, and local organizations. In addition, in response requests from teachers and parents, SoftBank holds workshops on how to use the guides and facilitate discussions when acting as an instructor for these programs.

To provide support for persons engaged in information ethics education, we also regularly update the Let's Think about Mobile Phones website with the latest information on the program, advice on how to implement this program, and other useful information.

Yahoo Japan Corporation

Yahoo Japan is working with experts to conduct research on Internet use by children. Yahoo Japan also offers a portal site and service for children so they can use the Internet in a safe environment.

Yahoo! Kids, a portal site for children

Yahoo! Kids, a portal site designed for children, incorporates a search function for displaying only safe websites as well as providing original content for children under the categories “Enjoy,” “Get to know,” and “Learn.” Yahoo! Kids Study launched in September 2009 provides educational materials to promote the use of the Internet for study at schools and at home.

Working with related organizations to encourage family rules on Internet use

MEXT's Information Ethics Education Project for Children

SoftBank Corp. is cooperating with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) on its Information Ethics Education Project for Children. The campaign looks at ways to overcome the problem of Internet addiction associated with children's use of smartphones and other devices, as well as issues related to the use of social networking sites.

Family rules for mobile phone use

In addition to providing a filtering service, SoftBank Corp. also cooperates with the Telecommunications Carriers Association and other organizations to promote the establishment of household rules for mobile phone use. Establishing these kinds of rules encourages children to use mobile phones responsibly and helps to alleviate family members' concerns.

Mobami Mobile Phone Family

SoftBank Corp. cooperates with the Telecommunications Carriers Association and the Japan Internet Safety Promotion Association to promote the establishment of household rules for mobile phone use. As part of these efforts, it has launched a special website called “Mobami Mobile Phone Family”. The website features an original character called “Mobami” and is designed to educate parents and children about safe mobile phone use.

Japan Internet Safety Promotion Association

To improve children's information literacy, SoftBank Corp. and Yahoo Japan Corporation are working together to participate in the Japan Internet Safety Promotion Association's educational events.

The Network for Safety and Future Promotion Conference

SoftBank Group Corp. supports the activities of The Network for Safety and Future Promotion Conference. The organization aims to highlight rules and promote good manners for safe and secure Internet use and raise awareness of the importance of information security.

Study Group on the Use of the Internet by Children

Yahoo Japan Corporation and NetSTAR Inc. jointly established the Study Group on the Use of the Internet by Children in April 2008 to conduct an in-depth study on the effects of the Internet on children with support from educational institutions, researchers, and parent groups. The study group promotes the safe use of the Internet by providing information resources to parents and teachers, including its free “Internet Safety Guide for Parents.” The group also organizes symposiums and seminars in cooperation with municipalities and educational institutions.