October 21, 2008

John Walsh, Others Help Teach Kansas City Parents and Tweens How to Stay Safe Online

Sprint Hosts Free Event on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the College Basketball Experience

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Saturday, Oct. 25, Sprint (NYSE:S) will host a free event at the College Basketball Experience to teach safer online behaviors to parents and "tweens" (young people aged nine to 15 years old). John Walsh, host of FOX's America's Most Wanted, will be a featured speaker. Media are encouraged to attend the event.

WHAT: Internet Safety for Tweens Event
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
WHERE: The College Basketball Experience
1401 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
(next to Sprint Center)
FEATURED GUEST: John Walsh, host of FOX's America's Most Wanted

The event will also feature:

  • The first-hand account of Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was the victim of an online crime at the age of 13
  • Alicia's mother, Mary Kozakiewicz, discussing signs parents should look for
  • Tips from experts on what to look for to keep your tweens safe when purchasing a computer or mobile phone

Representatives from the FBI will also be on hand to talk about safer online behaviors. In addition, after the event, the DNA LifePrint Child Safety Team will be on site offering complimentary FBI-certified biometric fingerprinting, a DNA identification kit, a digital photo and a journal to fill with the vital information needed when reporting a missing child.

Advance registration is recommended. For registration, directions and an event agenda, visit www.4NetSafety.com.

The event is part of Sprint's 4NetSafety program, which gives kids, parents and teachers the resources they need to promote safer online behaviors in our young people.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

Source: Sprint

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