New York, NY— September 25, 2007 — Time Warner Cable of New York & New Jersey and CyberAngels, a Guardian Angels program dedicated to keeping children and families safe from harm on the Internet, today announced the launch of a $500,000-plus, multi-media public safety campaign to help educate parents on how to teach basic Internet safety at home. The announcement was made on the first-ever “Cyber Safety Day” in New York City, as designated by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in a Proclamation issued today.
The campaign includes a 16-page parent resource guide that will be distributed locally at Time Warner Cable stores during October, a 30-second video message featuring Curtis Sliwa, Founder and CEO, The Guardian Angels, that will be widely televised using Time Warner Cable’s video platform which encourages customers to download a copy of the Guide, and an online version of the Guide (in both English and Spanish) available at the Time Warner Cable of New York & New Jersey and CyberAngels sites.
“Time Warner Cable has long been dedicated to lending our resources to enrich the communities in which we do business. We’ve been providing on-line security features to our high speed data customers since we began delivering data service eight years ago. We’re delighted to heighten our level of dedication to internet safety and take cyber education to the next level,” said Howard Szarfarc, President, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey. “By partnering with CyberAngels, we are able to offer parents a free, practical guidebook with which they can teach their children responsible Internet practices.”
Curtis Sliwa, Founder and CEO of The Guardian Angels, said, “We created CyberAngels back in 1995 in response to a growing number of online safety threats facing families and children. We wanted to get information out there to educate and help protect Internet users of all ages from identity theft, cyberbullying, pedophiles lurking in chat rooms, porn, and other risks. By working hand in hand with Time Warner Cable, we can arm more parents and kids with the information they need to take control of their online safety.”
Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey focuses its philanthropic outreach on educational programs and equipping children for the 21st Century. “Time Warner Cable’s tradition of civic responsibility is central to who we are and what we do. In an increasingly challenging world, we believe it is our duty to support and enrich our communities,” added Mr. Szarfarc.
The following are two examples of Time Warner Cable’s philanthropic efforts:
- In 2000, the Time Warner Cable Scholarship Fund was established for customers with college-bound children. Each year, scholarships are awarded to local recipients. Over $375,000 has been awarded to date.
- Each holiday season since 1988, Time Warner Cable conducts its children’s holiday campaign. Through a special offer to customers, a portion of connection fees are earmarked for local children’s charities. Over $3 million has been donated to local charities to date. Past recipients include the NYC Public Libraries, Child Abuse Prevention Program, Police Athletic League (PAL), Boys and Girls Club of Mt. Vernon and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hudson Valley
Pictured (L to R): Curtis Sliwa, Founder and CEO, The Guardian Angels/Cyber Angels; Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave, NYC Dept of Information Technology and Telecommunications; Joe DiGeso, Sr. VP and General Manager, Digital Phone and High Speed Data, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey; and Howard Szarfarc, President, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey. Photo by Yaron Viner.
About Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey
Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey serves over 1.4 million customers in four NYC boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties) and Bergen and Hudson Counties, New Jersey. Visit timewarnercable.com/nynj
Our parent company, Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems passing approximately 26 million homes in 33 states. The Company has 14.6 million customers for its various products, including video, high-speed data and residential telephone. This includes approximately 13.4 million basic video subscribers and more than 6 million customers who purchase more than one product. Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company’s customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. It is the largest cable provider in the nation’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone.
About Guardian Angels/CyberAngels
The red beret of The Guardian Angels has become an icon for safety around the world. Founded in 1979 by Curtis Sliwa, The Guardian Angels began as a group of 13 dedicated volunteers who patrolled the subways, streets and neighborhoods of New York City to combat and deter crime. The organization has evolved into today’s global network of Angels — volunteers from all walks of life, respected by law enforcement, welcomed by citizens and applauded by governments. Visit www.guardianangels.org.
As part of its mission of “keeping it safe” The Guardian Angels moved beyond the streets responded to citizens’ calls for protection from online threats with the launch of CyberAngels in 1995. The volunteer-based CyberAngels is one of the oldest and most respected online safety education programs in the world. This non-profit organization offers articles, instruction, tips and resources via its website to promote safe Internet use by children and families, guide parents, and assist victims of cyber crimes. Visit www.cyberangels.org.
With selfless dedication and passionate community service spanning nearly three decades, The Guardian Angels stands today as a leading violence prevention and safety education organization.