Important Reminders If a Young Person in Your Life is Receiving a Computer, Mobile Phone or Gaming System
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec 21, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The holidays are upon us, and this year, many kids across the country
will be receiving computers, mobile phones or gaming systems. Gadgets
like these provide our young people the opportunity to learn and play -
but they also can pose dangers, particularly when connected to the
Internet. Sprint (NYSE: S) has partnered with leading child-education
and -protection organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children(R) and the National
Education Association Health Information Network to create 4NetSafetySM,
a resource that kids, parents and educators can use to keep kids safer
while using the Internet. Sprint recently fulfilled its three-year,
$3-million commitment to Internet safety for young people, and
4NetSafety is at the forefront of this effort.
4NetSafety resources are available at www.4netsafety.com.
All services are free of charge with no registration required, and many
features are also available in Spanish. Tools for kids, such as animated
videos and tips and activity cards for educators are presented in an
interactive, comic-book style to help kids learn in a fun, engaging
manner. Other tools are designed for parents, guardians and teachers to
help teach children appropriate and safe online behaviors.
"Internet-safety resources like 4NetSafety are particularly needed this
time of year, when many young people will be receiving technology
gadgets for the holidays," said Debby Ballard, director of Community
Affairs for Sprint. "If a child in your life is receiving any sort of
device that can access the Internet - or even if the child already has
such a device - now is a great time to have that talk about how to
safely learn and play online."
Here are some important online-safety tips that parents and guardians
can share with their kids:
Select gender-neutral screen names for gaming and social networking
sites and e-mail addresses that do not include information that could
be used to identify you and where you live such as your name,
age/birthdate, school, city, etc.
Do not share passwords and other account details with anyone but a
parent or guardian. (And the parent or guardian should know the
passwords to all of the child’s social networking, e-mail and
Don’t share personal information on social networking or gaming sites
including your real name, location, e-mail address, phone number, etc.
If something happens that makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, tell
an adult you trust. (Many kids don’t tell a trusted adult because they
are afraid they will lose their online privileges. Make sure they know
you won’t be angry with them for coming to you and will not take away
Don’t post information, photos or videos you might regret later. Think
about your online image. Who will see this? What will they think? Is
Only add friends to your social networking sites who you know in real
Never meet in person with anyone you first met online.
Don’t post your plans or whereabouts on your site(s).
Respect others -- don’t engage in activities that could hurt or harass
Don’t respond to rude or harassing comments you might receive online
or via text message.
The 4NetSafety program is funded through Sprint Project ConnectSM,
Sprint’s charitable wireless recycling program. For more Internet safety
tips or information about how to recycle a wireless phone and/or
accessories, visit www.4netsafety.com.
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businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end
of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a
national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data
services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused
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satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
John D. Adams, 913-315-3903