AT&T Launches Digital You Program

Tips, apps and community events help people of all ages deal with issues like identity theft, cyberbullying, and smartphone security

Aug 17, 2015, 14:45 ET from AT&T Inc.

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital You is a new, comprehensive AT&T program that offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations like Common Sense  and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in a number of formats.

"The Internet has improved how many of us study, work and play. Digital You was designed to further enhance that time online, with information that can help you to be safe, secure and savvy during virtual interactions," said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana. "We also provide information designed to boost newcomers' digital literacy skills and empower them to become safer and more secure digital citizens."

Launched at a time when people are posting about their summer activities and getting ready to go back to school, Digital You helps teach beginners of all ages the basics of using a smartphone or tablet, keeping online information private and secure and activating accessibility features to support users with disabilities through training resources and tips sheets.

Digital You also brings you Digital Compass™, a free interactive game developed by Common Sense to help teach 6th through 9th graders about the real-world impact of their online choices.

"The digital world presents enormous potential for our kids," said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Common Sense. "The key to unlocking the promise is preparing kids to think critically and behave responsibly, respectfully, and safely. These tangible skills of digital literacy and citizenship are essential for success in life and learning in the 21st century."

"Smartphones, apps and the Internet make life convenient in so many ways, but the risk of identity theft, scams or online harassment has grown." stated Mary Alice Rountree, Executive Director, Caddo Council on Aging.  "We look forward to giving Caddo residents the tools they need to help use the Internet more safely and securely."

Thought leaders from organizations including National Consumers League, National Cyber Security Alliance, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, League of United Latin American Citizens, Family Online Safety Institute,  The Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies, iKeepSafe, Call For Action and  LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute have provided feedback, information and guidance to AT&T in the development of Digital You materials.

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