Liberty Global and EU Launch ‘Who are your kids talking to online?’ eSafety Video for Parents

  Liberty Global and EU Launch ‘Who are your kids talking to online?’ eSafety
  Video for Parents

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- February 5, 2013

Liberty Global, Inc. (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK),
together with European Schoolnet (EUN) and the European Commission, has today
launched a video that tackles the parental concern of ‘Who are your kids
talking to online?’ to mark the 10^th anniversary of Safer Internet Day. This
three-minute video is the first in a series of animations called ‘The Digital
Universe of Your Children’ that aims to help parents strengthen their digital
parenting skills by empowering them with the knowledge and resources needed to
protect their children online.

‘Who are your kids talking to online?’ provides practical tips on eight key
online issues that youngsters might encounter when using the web, including:
Privacy on Social Networks, Online Gaming, Blocking, Risks Online, Online
Friends, Meeting Strangers, Personal Information, and Online Reputation. The
video will be rolled out across Liberty Global’s operations and is available
in several language versions including English, Dutch, German, Hungarian,
Czech, and Spanish. To view the video visit the Liberty Global CR Video

Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty
Global said, “We believe that the best way to protect younger users is to
educate and empower them with the information and tools they need to safeguard
themselves.Building on the tools that we have created todate, this appealing
new animation series encourages parents to actively engage with their children
regarding their online activities. Digital parenting in an open dialogue
should be a natural part of modern parenthood."

Facts and information provided by the animation draw on findings from the EU
Kids Online Study. Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology
at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Director of the Study said, “I
really welcome the development of this lively and engaging resource, as it
does a great job of informing parents about what their children are doing
online. It’s important to debunk some myths and realize that, for most
children, the internet is far more an opportunity than a source of worry.”

“This animation gives some helpful tips, based on the specific insights from
our pan-European survey of 25,000 children and parents. The idea is that
rather than feeling excluded or worrying in private, parents can find a way to
share, discuss or join in with some of their children’s experience online and
so guide them all the more effectively”, she added.

Connect with Respect
This year's Safer Internet Day theme, ‘Online rights and responsibilities’,
aims to encourage users to 'Connect with respect' and to be aware of their
rights and responsibilities in ensuring a safe and sustainable digital

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, responsible for the Digital
Agenda and for launching the strategy to make a better internet for children,
recognizes that the internet offers young people great opportunities – but
that they need to be able to go online safely. In her video message for Safer
Internet Day she said, “Tomorrow's world, our economy and society, will be a
digital one: and kids will have to play a full part in that. By encouraging
creativity online, we can help kids make positive use of the internet. If we
help children and young people develop their digital skills safely, they can
make the most of the online world, with the abilities and tools to learn,
participate, and have fun online.”

Lead Partner of Safer Internet Day since 2006
Liberty Global has been one of the main partners of Safer Internet Day since
2006 and annually marks the occasion across its operations through local
eSafety initiatives. Over the years, Liberty Global has actively developed
programs and engaged in campaigns that support the European Commission’s
Digital Agenda for Europe, including increasing trust and security, delivering
ultra-fast broadband speeds, enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion,
and developing ICT solutions for social challenges.

The company has worked closely with Insafe, the EU organization for internet
safety awareness in Europe, to create the following internet safety tools for
children including: ‘Play and Learn: Being Online’ for children aged 4-8 years
which is available in 16 languages; ‘Family eSafety Kit‘ targeting 6-12 year
olds, available in 18 languages; and the latest resource, ‘The Web We Want’
aimed at teens aged 13-16 years. Over one million copies of the ‘Family
eSafety Kit’ and 100,000 copies of the ‘Play and Learn: Being Online’ have
been distributed across the world to date.

About Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive by awareness-raising partners to
promote a safer and better internet for all users, especially young people. It
is organized by Insafe and INHOPE in the framework of the European
Commission’s Safer Internet Program. For further information, see Safer Internet Day 2013 will be the tenth edition of
the event, and will be celebrated on Tuesday February 5, 2013.

About European Schoolnet & Insafe
European Schoolnet (EUN), in Brussels, is a network of 30 Ministries of
Education in Europe and beyond. EUN was created 16 years ago to bring
innovation in teaching and learning to its key stakeholders: Ministries of
Education, schools, teachers, and researchers. More information:

Insafe also based in Brussels, is a European network of Awareness Centers
promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young
people. It is co-funded by the Safer Internet Program from the European
Commission. More information:

About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the leading international cable company, with operations in
13 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to
discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading
television, broadband internet and telephony services are provided through
next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connect 20
million customers who subscribe to 34 million services as of September 30,

Liberty Global’s consumer brands include UPC, Unitymedia KabelBW, Telenet and
VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our content division, UPC
Business, a commercial services division and Liberty Global Ventures, our
investment fund.

To find out more about how Liberty Global is 'Promoting a Digital Society'
click here.
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Liberty Global, Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Hanne Wolf +1 303.220.6678
Bert Holtkamp +31 20.778.9800
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