Jun 4, 2008

Comcast Brings Expert Advice on Internet Safety to Consumers Through Video On Demand and Comcast.net Security Web Page

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSK, CMCSA), the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced that it is offering Internet Safety programming on Video On Demand (VOD) and has launched new consumer resources on its Internet Security Web page www.comcast.net/security. June is National Internet Safety Month and as the nation's leading residential Internet Service Provider, Comcast is committed to providing a safe and secure online experience for its customers. 

"At Comcast we take our responsibility of delivering a safe, secure and superior online experience for our customers very seriously," said Jay Opperman, Senior Director of Security and Privacy.  "We do this by taking a comprehensive, multi-layered approach to Internet safety that focuses on identity and privacy protection, family and parental controls, and safeguards for digital assets. Our goal is to ensure our customers are provided the means and education to protect themselves and their families." 

VIDEO ON DEMAND
Throughout the month, VOD customers can access a PBS FRONTLINE documentary called Growing Up Online. The film examines the effect that the Internet and "digital world" have on the social and emotional lives of teenagers. Growing Up Online can be found under "Help & Services" in the "Hi-Speed Internet" folder on VOD.  

"Comcast's inclusion of FRONTLINE's Growing Up Online as a free Video On Demand offering throughout the month of June will provide an opportunity for Comcast viewers to experience the private worlds that teenagers create online and to understand the real risks and realities of teen life on the Internet," say FRONTLINE Executive Producer David Fanning.  "We hope our film helps to bridge the digital divide between parents and their increasingly wired teens." 

COMCAST.NET SECURITY WEB PAGE
In June, with the support of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), Comcast is providing new resources on www.Comcast.net/security which will include: 

  • A "For Parents" page which features content rich tips for parents on Internet Safety

  • A "For Kids" page that includes games designed to get kids interested in staying safe online

  • A new Frequently Asked Questions section written by Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School  

  • A downloadable brochure for parents entitled How to Talk to Your Kids About Internet Safety

  • An Internet Safety Contract for parents and their children designed to help families establish an open dialogue about Internet safety and set ground rules for the use of the Internet both inside and outside of the home

"It's wonderful to see an Internet Service Provider, like Comcast, committed to educating consumers about how to keep safe on the Internet," said Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepSafe. "Comcast reaches families with important Internet safety messages everyday online and through cable television."  

In addition to the VOD programming and the new resources on www.Comcast.net/security, to raise further awareness about Internet safety, Comcast is hosting a national radio media tour on June 4th to provide tips on what people can do to help them stay safe online. 

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high-speed Internet customers, and 5.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. 

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. 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. 

About FRONTLINE

In the history of television, FRONTLINE stands alone in establishing a record for producing in-depth, incisive and engaging documentaries that shed light on the key policy issues of our times and provide citizens with the critical information needed to make sense of the increasingly complex world around them. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary on PBS, FRONTLINE has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of journalistic excellence while investigating a diverse array of domestic and international topics-from criminal justice and foreign affairs to child welfare, health care, human rights and more. 

The FRONTLINE Web site (www.pbs.org/frontline) extends the broadcast series' scope and reach to a global audience through content-rich Web sites offering original essays, interviews, source documents and the ability to watch each FRONTLINE documentary online in its entirety via streaming video.  For its efforts, FRONTLINE has been honored with every major broadcasting award, including Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, duPont-Columbia Silver Batons and an unprecedented three duPont-Columbia Gold Batons. 

About Internet Keep Safe Coalition

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (http://www.iKeepSafe.org) is a broad partnership of governors, first spouses or attorneys general from all 50 states, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the NEA, National PTA and corporate sponsors, dedicated to keeping children safe online. The Coalition provides parent tutorials and educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno CatTM Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. Coalition materials are distributed throughout the United States with pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.

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