Digital Abuse Education Program Launching With National Speaker At Two Birmingham Area Schools In Alabama

WHAT/NEWS:The Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ANCAC) and the Verizon Foundation are introducing “Taking It 2 Far” in two Birmingham area middle schools Tuesday, April 24. “Taking It 2 Far” is a pilot program aimed at teaching eighth graders how to use smartphones and social networks responsibly as their access to technology continues to increase.

The initiative was funded through a $24,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation and covers topics such sexting, cyber bulling and textual harassment with a focus on helping young teens recognize when they have crossed the line.

WHO:“Taking It 2 Far” will kick off with a presentation from Richard Guerry, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication, and a national expert on these issues.

WHEN/WHERE:9:30 a.m., Rudd Middle School4526 Rudd School RoadPinson, AL 35126

1:30 p.m. James A. Davis Middle School1224 Clarendon AvenueBessemer, AL 35020

The presentation will last approximately 75 minutes.