STATE SENATOR JUDY FREEDMAN, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HETHERINGTON & CABLEVISION'S POWER TO LEARN TEAM UP TO HELP PARENTS KEEP KIDS SAFE IN CYBERSPACE
Saxe Middle School PTA Parents to Participate in "Internet Smarts" Workshop Tonight
New Canaan, CT May 9, 2005 - PTA parents of Saxe Middle School students will learn about making their families "Internet Smart," thanks to Cablevision's Power to Learn initiative. On Monday, May 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Dominic Antonacci of Cablevision's Power to Learn training team will lead parents in an interactive workshop about Internet safety and "Keeping Personal Information Private" on the World Wide Web.
Following welcoming remarks and additional commentary provided by State Senator Judy Freedman, State Representative John Hetherington, and Saxe Principal Greg Macedo, Mr. Antonacci will facilitate the discussion using interactive case studies available on Cablevision's Power to Learn "Internet Smarts" website. Topics of discussion will include ways of establishing basic guidelines for family Internet use, opening up a dialogue with kids about what information should and shouldn't be shared online, as well as what constitutes appropriate interaction with online "friends."
"As the ISP provider to more than 2,000 schools in Cablevision's service area, we know the Internet is indispensable to education," said Trent Anderson, Cablevision's vice president of education. "We designed Internet Smarts to provide students with guidance and guidelines to be safe, responsible and ethical Internet users, and we are extremely excited and proud to be a part of this event and to have the support of First Selectwoman Diane Farrell."
The media is invited to attend tonight's event. Saxe Middle School is located at 468 South Avenue in New Canaan. For more information about the event, Cablevision's "Power to Learn" program, or the Internet Smarts initiative, contact Chris Klimek, Community and Media Relations Manager for Cablevision, at 750-5614.
Power to Learn's Internet Smarts program provides a forum for teachers and parents to work with children on appropriate and safe Internet use. Online, interactive case studies explore important topics in Internet use at school and at home, allowing students to examine issues affecting schoolwork, class papers, entertainment activities and online safety. Additionally, students, classes and schools can become certified "Internet Smart" and "Internet Smarts: Safeguarding your Children in Cyberspace," a family resource booklet, provides parents with quick, but important, tips and suggestions.
Power to Learn, Cablevision's nationally recognized educational initiative, empowers K-
12 learning in the tri-state area by making technology in the classroom useful and
facilitating the home-school connection. Today more than 2,100 schools
and libraries throughout Cablevision's New York metropolitan service area receive
high-speed Internet access and more than 85% of schools in Cablevision's service area
receive free cable television service as a result of this initiative. In addition,
teachers, students and parents benefit from innovative educational content and tools
available on www.powertolearn.com, a broadband Web resource dedicated to
facilitating K-12 learning and the home-school connection.
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company's advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO: Interactive Optimum digital television offering, Optimum Online high-speed Internet service, Optimum Voice digital voice-over-cable service, and its Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision's Rainbow Media Holdings LLC operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, WE and other national and regional networks. In addition to its telecommunications and programming businesses, Cablevision is the controlling owner of Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision Systems Corporation is available on the Web at www.cablevision.com.