In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Time Warner Cable has teamed up with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) and Common Sense Media (CSM) to launch a new campaign to help increase awareness of the topic of cybersecurity and ways parents can help protect their children from online dangers.
The campaign provides parents and children with tips and resources that help prepare children to behave responsibly when confronted with issues such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content, online exploitation, and other important topics to protect their safety and identities in a digital world. Starting today, a new “Online Safety” portal, filled with resources and information, can be found at www.TWCCentral.com/safer. The available resources provided by NetSmartz® (a NCMEC program that provides children with interactive, educational safety resources) and Common Sense Media, will include tips sheets, videos and articles.
“Cybersecurity is an issue of paramount concern for families across the country, and we’re pleased to work with these distinguished organizations to help educate parents and caregivers on how to help keep children safe when navigating online,” said Brian Allen, Group Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Time Warner Cable. “We encourage families to visit our online portals and Time Warner Cable stores to receive invaluable tips and resources on how to teach their kids to safely use online resources.”
“The Internet is an amazing resource that opens the door to many opportunities for families, but there are also risks. The anonymity it provides can make it a tool for online predators, cyberbullies or other threats to our children’s safety and welfare,” said John Ryan, CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. “Talking about Internet safety should be a priority for all families and we are grateful to Time Warner Cable for working with us to make those conversations easier for parents. Together we can arm families with the information they need to make safer and smarter decisions online.”
"Growing up in the digital world provides incredible opportunities for today's kids to create, connect, communicate and learn," says Jim Steyer, Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. "But the key to making the most of today's powerful media and technology is knowing how to be safe, smart, ethical and responsible online. We are grateful to partners like Time Warner Cable for sharing Common Sense Media's free resources and advice on digital citizenship for parents, teachers, and kids."
Representatives from Time Warner Cable’s Security Operations team will visit select Time Warner Cable stores in the greater Los Angeles, New York and Charlotte areas throughout the month of October to speak with customers about these new educational resources and recommended safety practices to enjoy a safe online experience. Customers will also receive a “Cyberbullying Awareness Quick Guide” that includes tips and recommended tools from Common Sense Media.
For more information about the campaign, visit www.TWCCentral.com/safer.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. Authorized by Congress to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse on these issues, NCMEC operates a hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), and has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 188,000 children. NCMEC also operates the CyberTipline, a mechanism for reporting child pornography, child sex trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Since it was created in 1998, more than 2 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation have been reviewed, and more than 95 million suspected child pornography images have been analyzed. NCMEC works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, visit www.missingkids.com. Follow NCMEC on Twitter (@MissingKids) and like NCMEC on Facebook (Facebook.com/MissingKids).
About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our kids are growing up in a culture that profoundly impacts their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We provide families with the advice and media reviews they need in order to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to: www.commonsense.org.
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