THE INTERACTIVE GENERATION IN SPAIN
Telefónica is not only one of the main telecommunications operators of the world: it’s a company thatactively participates in the general debates that affect citizens, companies and communities in which it ispresent.We take our social responsibilities very seriously and we, the people who are part of this company, make acontinuous effort in order to make real our vision of “spirit of progress”, that is to say, in order to improvepeople's lives, to make the development of companies easier and to contribute to the progress of societies, providing them innovative services based on Information and Communication Technologies(ICT).As leading providers of telecommunications in the market, we are committed to respond to the constantdemands of our clients and the communities in which we operate. We don’t only aim to offer all citizens theaccess to the opportunities that ICT give, fostering digital inclusion, but we also want to do it in aresponsible way. In this sense, the attention and respect for minors are key elements to us. With excellentrecords in areas such as children defence, in December 2008, Telefónica founded the InteractiveGenerations Forum with the aim to promote among children and young people a responsible use of ICT.Therefore it is with great satisfaction to present this book, “The Interactive Generation in Spain. Childrenand adolescents faced with the screens”, which represents a key landmark in the development of theproject. This book faces us with the reality of the use of these technologies by minors of our country. Theresults of the study are specially aimed to parents and educators, as well as companies, institutions andsociety in general, with the idea of watching so that ICT are a tool which favors the personal growth of young people.The final mission of the project is to use this knowledge to develop guidelines and educative actions at alllevels –including family, school and institutional level— that will help us to educate young people so theybecome experts in the present and future technologies.I would like to conclude these words reaffirming our commitment with minors faced with InformationSociety, a task that requires both the understanding and participation of all of us. Finally, my most sinceregratitude to all those that with their dedication and work make this project a reality and a rewardingchallenge.
César AliertaCEO, Telefonica, S. A.