Kicking Off Cyber Awareness Events In Geneva

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I-Canandaigua) will host the first of three “Cyber Awareness” events on Thursday, May 15th to provide important information about online security and best practices, particularly for school age children and their parents. The growing availability of electronic communication has made this issue especially timely, considering the many ways young people connect with each other using digital devices.

“Cyber awareness is an important part of our day-to-day lives. With so many young people using the Internet, social media and smart phones, it is vital that we ensure each one has the necessary tools to stay safe and protect their privacy. These events are designed to provide information about safe web-surfing, online etiquette and much more,” Leader Kolb said. “Cyber bullying, harassment and hacking are now commonplace. It is my sincere hope that by keeping individuals informed we can find ways to prevent these abuses.”

Thursday’s event will be held at the Geneva Middle School Auditorium at 101 Carter Road. Each of the three events will take place from 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m., are free and open to the public. The events will feature presentations by area experts as well as information booths offering relevant literature. The schedule for the additional events is:

* Thursday, May 29 - Early Childhood Education Center, 953 High St., Victor
* Thursday, June 5 - Canandaigua Middle School Auditorium, 215 Granger St.

“AT&T applauds Assembly Minority Leader Kolb for shedding light on an issue that has become increasingly important,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York President, AT&T. “We are proud to work with Assemblyman Kolb and members of the community to educate them about ways to protect themselves and their families from cyber-crimes. We are also committed to helping protect our customers in New York, across the country and around the world.”

“Time Warner Cable is proud to partner with Assemblyman Kolb to provide families in the Finger Lakes Region with the opportunity to learn about the tools and resources available that help keep children safe when they’re surfing the web and using social media,” said Mark Fitchett, area Vice President of Operations for Time Warner Cable.

“It is important to understand how technology can positively or negatively impact our privacy and our sense of who we are,” Shye Louis, 2-1-1/LIFE LINE Manager at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes said “Managing our online lives in the safest way possible should be a top priority for everyone.”

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