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Internet Safety Series to Air on PBS starting Tuesday

October 14, 2013
By Betsy Bethel - Editor , OVParent

The award-winning Enough Is Enough series on Internet safety will air at 1 p.m. the next three Tuesdays on West Virginia Public Broadcasting stations.

The National Educational Television Association has offered the "Internet Safety 101" series free to all PBS stations nationwide for a year.

"This series is an invaluable and practical resource for parents, educators and other caring adults who may be uninformed, overwhelmed or ill-equipped to protect children in the ever-evolving Internet world," according to Enough Is Enough, a leading nonprofit with a mission of making the Internet safer for children and families. "The television series covers the safety basics viewers need to know to become educated, equipped and empowered to protect children from pornography, sexual predators and cyber bullies, as well as how to keep kids safe on social networking sites, gaming and mobile devices."

"Internet Safety 101" has three parts. The first, "Pornography 101," will air Oct. 15. The second, "Predators 101," will air Oct. 22, and the third, "The Evolving Web," will air on Oct. 29. Each episode is one hour.

"We placed Enough is Enough in our Instructional Television programming block because we think it will be a valuable resource for educators, school administrators, students and parents for how to access and use the Internet safely," said Shawn Patterson, West Virginia PBS director of communications. He added it will be re-broadcast throughout the school year.

The series was reformatted from Enough Is Enough's original four-part "Internet Safety 101" DVD teaching series. In addition to winning an Emmy Award at the National Capitol/Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards Gala in June, the PBS series also garnered a nomination for Enough Is Enough president/CEO and series executive producer Donna Rice Hughes in the program host/moderator category.

"This was a team effort and a labor of love that began in 2005 with a vision of reaching the masses to prevent Internet-initiated crimes against children via the power of media, " said Hughes.

One part of the series features the story of Alicia Kozakiewicz, the Pittsburgh area teen who was abducted on New Year's Day 2002, and subsequently raped and tortured for four days by a man she had met on the Internet. She was 13 at the time, and she has spoken to teens and parents all over the country about her ordeal in order to protect others like her.

Enough Is Enough uploaded a five-minute version of Alicia's story to YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR0bXZrIErE. For more information, including "Rules 'n' Tools" for parents, visit www.internetsafety101.org.

 
 
 

 

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