Boys & Girls Club Teens Take on Cyber Safety during National Internet Safety Month

MM44829-bAs kids grow up in this digital age, keeping up with the latest trends and technology is a part of everyday life. Parents, on the other hand, are oftentimes less savvy than their kids when it comes to cyber behavior. In light of Internet Safety Month in June, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Sprint (NYSE:S) are launching the third annual Cyber Safe Futures campaign, a digital campaign aimed to raise Internet safety awareness among parents.

Throughout the month of June, BGCA and Sprint are inviting parents to submit their top questions about cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy, mobile smarts and other cyber-related issues. BGCA’s CyberTribe, a panel of Boys & Girls Club teens from around the world, will answer parents’ questions from a teens’ perspective on CyberSafeFutures.org. Their answers will educate parents and other mentors to help avoid risky situations for their kids and teens online.

“BGCA is committed to keeping kids safe, and today that also means practicing safer online behavior,” said Dr. Damon A. Williams, senior vice president and chief educational and youth development officer at BGCA. “But like anything else in life, they need the support of adults to help guide them through a constantly evolving digital world. We’re excited our Boys & Girls Club teens can provide their perspective on what it takes to have a cyber-safe future.”

Also for parents on the campaign website, CyberSafeFutures.org, is the Cyber Survivor Challenge, an interactive quiz that assesses parents’ cyber savviness and gives tips on key Internet safety issues when it comes to their children. Additionally, the site provides tips, tools and resources to educate parents on current trends and how to have an open dialog with their children when it comes to staying safe online.

“At Sprint, we are in the business of connecting people, providing the tools and services they need to communicate,” said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs at Sprint. “In this important partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Sprint is proud to help provide tools parents need, help families stay connected and help young people stay safe when communicating online.”

Since 2007, Sprint has donated more than $7 million to Internet safety initiatives. In addition to this year’s Cyber Safe Futures campaign, Sprint is supporting 40 local Boys & Girls Clubs in their efforts to provide a cyber-safe future to youth through Internet and safety awareness events.

To submit a question and see teen responses, visit CyberSafeFutures.org. Additional Sprint Internet-safety resources can be found at www.4NetSafety.com.

Source: Yahoo Finance