Hood joins effort to provide education about Internet

JACKSON – Comcast digital customers now can use the cable company’s On Demand service to watch a video about Internet safety.
The video, on Channel 888, is sponsored by Comcast, Attorney General Jim Hood and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, which includes attorneys general, state first ladies, law enforcement officials and public health officials.
The video, which also is available on Hood’s Web site (www.agjimhood.com), was unveiled Monday during a news conference in his Sillers Building office.
“The Internet is kind of like the Wild West right now,” said Hood, who was joined by a Comcast and iKeepSafe officials, plus Faux Paw, the techno-cat mascot for iKeepSafe, at Monday’s news conference.
The video gives parents tips on how to protect children from Internet predators and warns youngsters about the potential impact of posting compromising photos posted on the Web.
For instance, the video relays the story of an unnamed college baseball player who lost his scholarship after photos of him consuming alcohol at a party were posted online.
The video also warns parents about Internet bullying and harassment and about identity theft.
According to statistics provided by iKeepSafe, 56 percent of teens receive requests for personal information while on the Internet and 54 percent have had conversations via the Internet with strangers.
One in 25, according to iKeepSafe, receives “an aggressive online request resulting in face-to-face meetings, phone calls, money, sent mail or gifts.”
Contact Bobby Harrison at (601) 353-3119 or bobby.harrison@djournal.com.

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