Verizon and Franklin Township Community and Senior Center Team Up to Promote Internet Safety for Adults Aged 50 and Older

Verizon and the Franklin Township Community and Senior Center teamed up Thursday (Aug. 6) to promote Internet safety for adults aged 50 and older.  New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula participated with Verizon officials in a forum that was held at the Franklin Township Community and Senior Center in Somerset.

"Providing a safe online environment for New Jersey families, particularly those with older adults, is a priority for Verizon," said Dennis Bone, president, Verizon New Jersey.  "We are proud to partner with the Franklin Township Community and Senior Center and Assemblyman Chivukula to bring this valuable information to the community and to help ensure that seniors have enjoyable online experiences."

Chivukula spoke about his commitment to Internet safety, particularly for New Jersey seniors.

"The Internet provides many benefits including education and entertainment, and more and more seniors using this valuable tool," he said.  "However, as technology continues to advance, it is critical that all New Jersey citizens, including seniors, have the knowledge and tools so they can continue to use the Internet safely and confidently."

Duffy Knoll, assistant general counsel for Verizon, gave a presentation on how seniors can safely take advantage of all the benefits of broadband and the Internet.  He highlighted the online risks facing seniors today, and the ways to help avoid falling victim to Internet scams and other dangers. 

Verizon is engaged in Internet safety on multiple fronts.  The company provides customers with an industry-leading slate of online cybersecurity tools and education programs to empower all users.  Verizon offers a suite of computer security programs that can help keep consumers keep their computers, information and families safe from online threats, including viruses and spyware. Those resources and others, including free parental controls, can be found at http://parentalcenter.verizon.radialpoint.net/.

"Broadband technology provides connectivity and entertainment for many New Jersey families and seniors, but the challenge is having peace of mind while exploring the limitless possibilities of the digital world," said Bone.  "Verizon's technology delivers innovative tools that allow seniors and their families to create the digital experience they need to feel safe and secure."

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 87 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 235,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.