Cox Convenes 2nd National Teen Summit on Internet Safety
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, John Walsh and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Partner in Effort to See Teens Behave More Safely Online
Atlanta, GA

ATLANTA – Cox Communications and partners the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), children's advocate John Walsh and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson today announced the second National Teen Summit on Internet Safety:

What: National Teen Summit on Internet Safety

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Teen Summit: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Media Briefing: 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Where: National Press Club, Washington, DC
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045

The Teen Summit is an extension of Cox Communications' ongoing Take Charge! initiative (, which helps parents, guardians and kids make smarter media decisions. In observance of National Internet Safety Month, high school students and their parents and guardians from Cox communities nationwide will travel to Washington, D.C. for a Summit addressing the ways teens use the Internet. Through the Summit and meetings between participants and their elected officials, the program will explore issues including teens' use of popular social networking sites, as well as ways to help improve communication between parents and guardians and their children to encourage safer use of the Internet.

Cox began working with NCMEC and Walsh in 2004 to help educate families on how to manage the use of mass media in their homes. Together, the partners have also conducted original research revealing information about the behaviors of teens online and providing a backdrop for in-depth discussions with teens at the Summit. While the 2007 study demonstrated increased involvement by parents and guardians in monitoring Internet use, the behaviors of young people online still hold cause for concern:

  • Many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online.
  • A majority of teens (58%) don't think posting photos or other personal information on social networking sites is unsafe.
  • Nearly half of teens (47%) aren't worried about others using their personal information in ways they don't want.
  • About half (49%) are unconcerned posting personal information online might negatively affect their future.

Again this year, Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted" (FOX), will moderate the Teen Summit, which will air on Cox's local cable channels nationwide starting later this summer. He'll be joined by Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, whose personal platform issue is Internet safety. At 10:00 a.m., following the Summit, Walsh, Nelson and the teens will participate in a media briefing about Internet safety. They will then go to Capitol Hill, where the students will meet with Senators and Representatives from their respective states to discuss the positive and negative aspects of Internet use from a teen perspective. While the teens participate in the Summit, their parents and guardians will engage in media training conducted by NCMEC and Common Sense Media.

During and after the Summit and Capitol Hill meetings, the teens can blog about their experience at Cox's web log, When they return home, they will be charged with educating their classmates, parents/guardians and communities about making smarter choices on the Internet.

A major component of Take Charge! is NetSmartz®, an interactive, educational online safety resource from NCMEC and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children aged 5 to 17, parents, guardians, educators, and law enforcement.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 475,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 130,300 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 112,900 children. For more information about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its web site at

About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in partnership with Sprint (NYSE: S). Cox Business Services is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at, y Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel.

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David Grabert
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