Connecticut - Norwalk, CT - Youth Enrichment Members at Stepping Stones Museum for Children and Girl Scouts of CT Prove Their Internet Smarts to Peers and Special Guests
December 10, 2011
Norwalk, CT, December 10, 2011 - Cablevision's Power to Learn, along with State Representative Chris Perone and Mayor Richard Moccia, recognized Youth Enrichment at Stepping Stones (YESS) members at the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT - and participating members of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut - who are now certified as "Internet Smart." Following welcoming remarks by Representative Perone, Mayor Moccia, Stepping Stones Museum for Children Executive Director Rhonda Kiest, and Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Michael Chowaniec, YESS members tackled the topic of cyberbullying through a variety of presentations. Also involved in the program were members of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Presentations included a play entitled "What To Do When A Bully Bothers You" and a Power Point presentation on cyberbullying. At the close of the event, a $2,500 check from Cablevision for the Stepping Stones Museum for Children was presented to Executive Director Kiest; a $1,000 check for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut was presented to Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Jennifer Smith Turner.
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Said Representative Perone, "Today's young people have never known life without the Internet. Since it is such a significant force in their lives, they need to understand the possible repercussions of misusing technology and the importance of treating each another with respect, both online and off. I commend Power to Learn for today's innovative program that delivers its message so effectively."
Mayor Moccia agreed, noting, "The Power to Learn Internet Smarts program is a terrific way to encourage the kind of responsible, safe behavior that allows students to reap the benefits of the Internet without engaging in inappropriate online activity. Congratulations to today's participants for their excellent presentations regarding the dangers of cyberbullying."
"Thanks to Cablevision's Internet Smarts program, YESS members are now more confident when interacting with their peers online," said Stepping Stones Museum for Children Executive Director Kiest. "I believe each teen came away with a better understanding of the importance of treating others with respect."