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A new survey of Internet use by tweens (10 to 13 year olds) revealed that parents are doing a good job monitoring their children’s online behavior, including talking to them and setting guidelines and restrictions for Internet use on home computers. Yet there is room for improvement especially when it comes to keeping tweens safer when they use mobile and other connected devices. The average family uses five Internet-enabled devices at home.
The Tween Internet Safety Survey, commissioned by Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), found that nearly all tweens (95 percent) use mobile devices to go online. Mobile devices and gaming consoles are widely used by tweens to access web content, and the survey revealed a lack of guidelines and controls on these devices that can leave tweens vulnerable. While 68 percent of parents surveyed said they monitored their child’s Internet behavior on mobile devices, the survey showed that only 1 in 5 (17 percent) actually use basic parental control features such as age appropriate web content filtering on smartphones, tablets and game consoles.
Parents and tweens acknowledged that fewer controls exist on mobile devices and gaming consoles than on computers. The survey revealed that many parents are not using the monitoring software and parental control tools available on their tweens’ mobile devices because they are not familiar with how they work. The survey results also showed a gap between what tweens are doing online and what their parents believe they are doing.
Cox Communications recommends that parents should keep talking to their tweens about Internet safety, but they should also use parental controls, especially on mobile devices that can be taken beyond the watchful eyes of parents. Parents also should visit www.cox.com/takecharge for tips they can use to help them take charge of what their kids see and don’t see online.
The Tween Internet Safety Survey included both tweens and parents of tweens, addressed habits of tweens online, and examined any gaps between what tweens are doing and what parents generally believe their kids are doing online. The survey also was designed to measure how well parents are doing at monitoring Internet use on mobile devices, such as iPads, gaming devices, smart phones and other Internet-enabled devices in the home. The interviews were conducted April 6 through April 19, 2012, on behalf of Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. For more information on the Tween Internet Safety Survey, please visit the Cox Take Charge! Web site at cox.com/takecharge.
FORUM 2012 is right around the corner, September 12-13 in New York City as part of the week-long Cable Diversity Week. The ACC Web site has been updated to include the conference schedule, registration information, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, and hotel room reservation details. The program opens with a luncheon keynoted by Gary Sheffer, vice president, corporate communications and public affairs for General Electric. Visit the program agenda link, FORUM 2012 Program, regularly for conference updates on session topics and speakers.
Currently and running through July 20, the full conference registration fee is $800, that includes a ticket to the Beacon Awards luncheon program Thursday starting at 12:30 pm. Individual day registration rates for either Wednesday (9/12) or Thursday (9/13) are $550. Additionally, individual tickets for the Beacon Awards luncheon are available for $150 per person.
FORUM 2012 will be held in the Hilton New York hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019. Room rates are $399+ tax. Call 212-586-7000 or 800-HILTONS for reservations or use the link, http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/N/NYCNHHH-DIVWK-20120907/index.jhtml, to register online. To obtain the group rate, use the code Diversity Week 2012. The hotel room rate cutoff date is August 18, 2012. For information on FORUM, contact Steve Jones at 202-22-2373 or email@example.com.
Sundance Channel and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have formed a partnership tied to Sundance Channel's new original docu-series "Push Girls" that premiered on June 4. The 14-part series traces the lives of four dynamic and outspoken women living in Hollywood who, by accident or illness, are living with paralysis from the neck or the waist down. As part of the multi-pronged partnership, Sundance Channel and the Reeve Foundation have united on a fundraising initiative, a co-hosted event, and cross-platform promotion for "Push Girls."
Sundance Channel has expanded its association with leading digital media company Eventful to start a fundraising initiative for the Reeve Foundation. Eventful is currently hosting a contest on their "Demand It" platform where consumers can vote to have their city win a premiere screening of "Push Girls." An invitation to donate to the Reeve Foundation is included on all material and sites related to "Push Girls" on the Eventful Platform.
Additionally, Sundance Channel and the Reeve Foundation co-hosted a high profile event to celebrate the launch of "Push Girls" on June 4th in New York City. Alexandra Reeve Givens, Christopher Reeve's daughter, attended the event and spoke about work the Foundation. The event also was co-hosted by Ashleigh Banfield, Juju Chang, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Lesley Stahl, and Elizabeth Vargas. Attendees included advocates, politicians, and media personalities.
The Reeve Foundation has included information about "Push Girls" with their followers on the organization's Web site, newsletter and social media platforms. The TV series is highlighted on the Foundation's homepage. The Foundation has been a critical collaborator to Sundance Channel and has helped guide the network on accurate, factual information about people living with paralysis.
"Push Girls" featured star Angela Rockwood has been an Ambassador for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation since 2005. The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.
In coordination with the 7th Cable Communications Institute held this week in New York City, ACC sponsored a networking reception Thursday evening June 21 for the 14 participants in the Institute and local ACC members. All association members were invited to attend the event to network with colleagues and individuals attending the Institute.
The reception was held in the French Institute Alliance Française at 22 East 60th Street in the Skyroom, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and walls painted in various shades of blue to echo the sky. The event was only two blocks from the location of the Communications Institute in Syracuse University’s Lubin House. In addition to area members who attended the reception, ACC Board member Libby O’Connell, Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, A+E, mingled with individuals at the event.
espnW publicly unveiled a digital mosaic featuring the largest-ever collection of women and girls’ sports images, all submitted by the athletes themselves, last night at the Newseum in Washington, DC, as part of the networks’ ongoing examination and recognition of the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The mosaic’s unveiling took place after sunset. It was projected upon the Newseum’s defining feature, the 74-foot-high marble First Amendment tablet on the front façade. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news and history located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue.
More than 3,000 female athletes of all abilities and achievement levels submitted personal photos, along with quotes encapsulating what Title IX has meant to them, to construct the mosaic project, through espnW.com’s The Power of IX microsite. The mosaic also includes photos of espnW’s Top 40 Athletes of the Past 40 Years, a ranking determined by an industry-wide blue-ribbon panel.
espnW and ESPN have been counting down towards the number one athlete since April 30, and the athlete will be officially revealed tonight, Friday, June 22 on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter. The next day, 40 years to the date that the Title IX legislation was passed, a full day of women in sports programming will be featured across ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Classic.
Now is the best time to encourage your peers to join ACC. The association has a “test drive” trial membership initiative that allows prospective members to participate in the association’s various programs and professional development activities on a trial basis for six months free and without further obligation.
For more information on how your organization can join ACC as a 2012 corporate member, please contact Steve Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2373. For membership details, go to http://www.cablecommunicators.org/cmember.php.
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