TRENTON, N.J. - In an effort to keep children safe on the Internet and raise awareness of how to avoid the dangers that lurk online, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram, child advocates and others joined forces with Verizon to create a partnership for a child-safe Internet. The officials announced the partnership during an interactive town hall meeting and panel discussion Tuesday (Oct. 28) at New Jersey Network studios here.
"The Internet is a wonderful educational tool for our youth and a fun, easy way for them to interact with people their own age," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey. "But it's important for parents and educators to teach our children about the Internet the same way we teach them about other things that require responsibility and care, like driving a car."
Bone added: "There are risks and new challenges to old problems like privacy and fraud, but we strongly believe that broadband is a positive force in our society and that getting technology in the hands of as many people as possible, as fast as we can, is good for our customers, our company and our society. We are proud to join the attorney general's office and other state and local leaders to bring this valuable information to the community."
In addition to Milgram, panelists for the forum included Thomas Dailey, Verizon general counsel for Internet and technology policy; Nancy McBride, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Lt. Keith Halton from the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit; and Mary Lou Handy, a parent whose child experienced cyber bullying.
Participants discussed the challenges of keeping children safe on the Internet and the issues facing families in dealing with online safety and security. The event, hosted by television commentator Steve Adubato, also included a live, interactive discussion with school children in West Orange.
Verizon is engaged in Internet safety on multiple fronts. The company provides customers with an industry-leading slate of online cyber-security tools and educational programs that empower parents and children. Verizon also works closely with law enforcement to assist with investigations involving crimes against children, and with partners such as iSAFE (www.isafe.org/verizon) to deliver tools and information to various segments of the community.
To learn more about keeping families safe online and for links to free resources, visit http://responsibility.verizon.com/parentalcontrols.
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