Wappingers Falls, NY, April 25, 2011 - Cablevision's Power to Learn, along with Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, Wappingers Town Supervisor Chris Colsey and Wappingers Falls Village Mayor Matt Alexander, recognized students at Roy C. Ketcham High School who are now certified as "Internet Smart." Following welcoming remarks by the elected officials, Principal Tom Stella, Broadcast Arts teacher Robert Wood and Cablevision VP of Education Trent Anderson, students tackled the subject of "cyberbullying" through a series of PSA presentations. These included an introduction before each, as well as an overview of U.S. legislation pertaining to bullying. The students also participated in a Q&A with elected officials regarding responsible use of the Internet.
Congresswoman Hayworth applauded Cablevision's Power to Learn Internet Smarts program, saying, "As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to instruct the younger generation, helping them realize both the benefits and dangers of cyberspace, especially with regard to cyberbullying. The student presenters today did a terrific job. I'm sure everyone in attendance came away with a better idea of what comprises appropriate Internet behavior and the importance of treating others with respect."
Supervisor Colsey concurred, noting, "Cyberbullying is a very real danger that can affect every teen and the repercussions can be devastating. Online bullying can interfere with a student's life and education and no young person should be afraid to go to school. This is why it's vital that we teach students how to navigate the web safely."
"I believe the students here today participating in Cablevision's Power to Learn program will come away feeling more confident when interacting with others online and better realize the serious consequences of online bullying," noted Mayor Alexander.