Students to Learn About 'Cyber Bullying' and Steps to Create a Safe and Secure Online Experience at Feb. 1 Event

Jan 28, 2010, 12:08 ET from Verizon

NORTHAMPTON, Mass., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet safety experts will teach middle school students in Northampton steps they can take to have a safe and secure online experience and address issues such "cyber bullying" through i-SAFE education and awareness programs. The event, to be held Monday (Feb. 1), kicks off a week of 12 Internet safety seminars at schools in western Massachusetts.

    WHEN:               Monday, Feb. 1
                        News conference/student assembly, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
    WHERE:              JFK Middle School
                        100 Bridge Road
                        Northampton, Mass.
    WHO:                Jonathan King, director of professional development
                        and outreach for i-SAFE, will lead the student
                        assembly and news conference. 
                        Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins
                        Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president
                        Isabelina Rodriguez, Northampton Public Schools
                        Northampton Police Officer Corey Robinson
    AND PHOTOGRAPHERS:  The student assembly is open to the media.
                        Interviews with all participants can be arranged.

BACKGROUND: The event kicks off a week of 12 Internet safety events at schools in western Massachusetts. Verizon and i-SAFE, the leader in online safety education, have teamed up to hold this Cyber Safety Week, from Feb. 1-5.  The sessions, funded by a $45,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, will take place in Northampton, Pittsfield, North Adams, Northfield and West Springfield.

SOURCE Verizon