We work to teach people how to use new technologies competently and safely.
Digitization is changing how we communicate, how we stay informed and how we learn. This gives us so many new ways to participate in society. However, there are certain skills people need to know if they are going to take advantage of these opportunities. It's one thing to know how to use a smartphone, but it's also important to be aware of the risks associated with digital communication. Through diverse projects and initiatives in Germany and Europe, Deutsche Telekom promotes media literacy among children, young people, and adults of all ages.
Media skills for young and old
What apps are ok for my child to use? How much do my students know about using modern media safely? Deutsche Telekom provides answers to questions like these through its Teachtoday initiative and on the website under the same name. Teachers and parents will find a variety of materials on the website, from app advice and a cell-phone special to a media skills test. But children are not the only ones who need help finding their way through the digital world. Deutsche Telekom employees provide regular training on how to use cell phones and the Internet, e.g., for the mentally disabled residents of the Lebenshilfe facilities. At an international level, Deutsche Telekom's national companies participate in numerous projects to teach people in rural regions, seniors and people with disabilities how to use the Internet and smartphones.
Data privacy is another focal point of our efforts to promote media literacy. Our German-language online advice portal, www.sicherdigital.de, offers practical advice on using digital media safely, as does our "We care" app magazine.
Internet access for every student – the Telekom@School initiative
In today's society, Internet access is a prerequisite for equal education opportunities. Because of this, we offer a free broadband connection to all general education schools throughout Germany through our Telekom@School infrastructure project.
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung foundation
As one of Germany's largest educational foundations, Deutsche Telekom Stiftung is dedicated to improving education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and in the field of digital learning. The foundation's activities range from establishing school competitions and providing innovative teaching materials to cooperation at a political and community level.