Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, announced today that it is partnering with McAfee Inc. to host a national media tour on Thursday, June 18th to call on parents, teens and kids to take the Cyber Summer Safety Challenge. Tracy Mooney, McAfee's Chief Cyber Security Mom, and Jay Opperman, Comcast's Senior Director of Security and Privacy, developed the challenge to get parents, teens and kids to start a dialogue about Internet safety, social networking, online threats and what they can do to protect themselves and their computers. June is National Internet Safety Month and as the nation's largest residential Internet Service Provider, Comcast along with McAfee are committed to informing consumers about how to have a safe and secure online experience.
"With school out and more free time on their hands this summer, teens' and kids' online activity can increase so it's important to provide parents and their children with tips and tools to stay safe while they are online," said Opperman. "We created two versions of the Cyber Summer Safety Challenge, which can be downloaded from www.comcast.net/security, one for kids and one for teens so we could cover age appropriate content that ranges from the basics of using the Internet to the sophistication of posting information on social networking sites."
According to a 2009 McAfee/Harris Interactive survey, 52 percent of teens have admitted to giving out personal information to someone online they did not know and 16 percent of kids and teens admit they have private e-mail addresses or social networking profiles to hide what they do online from their parents.
"The first thing parents and their children can do to increase their chances of being safe online is to have open communication with one another about the use of the Internet and social networking sites," said Mooney. "The goal of the Cyber Summer Safety Challenge is to have one million parents have conversations with their kids about Internet safety this summer."
When talking to young people about Internet safety and social networks, consider the following tips:
Keep your personal information private.
Don't talk to strangers and use privacy settings.
What goes online, stays online so choose pictures and comments wisely.
Treat other people how you would like to be treated online. If you are being bullied, tell an adult.
Install active and up-to-date Internet security software on your computer like the McAfee® Internet Security Suite.
The Internet is great, but also spend quality face-to-face time with family and friends outdoors this summer.
For more safety tips and to download the Cyber Summer Safety Challenge for kids and teens, visit www.comcast.net/security.
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About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 24.1 million cable customers, 15.3 million high-speed Internet customers, and 6.8 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.