Verizon teams up with the West Virginia Department of Education to keep kids safe online

The West Virginia Department of Education and Verizon teamed up to host a day long internet safety conference. With nearly 150 people in attendance, Governor Joe Manchin issued a proclamation for Cyber Safety Day throughout the state.

The goal of the workshops was to help children recognize the dangers of the internet, and how to stay safe while searching on the internet.

National experts, a member of the West Virginia Cyber Crime Fighters Unit, and student from area high schools were all on hand to talk with kids about playing it safe on the computer.

Among the speakers were B. Keith Fulton, President Verizon W. Virginia; Gov. Joe Manchin; Dr. Steve Paine, Superintendant of Schools; Darrell McGraw, Attorney General; Sgt. Christopher Casto, head of the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force; iSafe CEO Ted Schroeder, whose company provides Internet safety education for schools, and Cindy Southworth, technology director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Students from high schools in Huntington, Hedgesville and Martinsburg also participated.

State Superintendant Steve Paine said cyber safety is a topic everyone needs to be talking about. "We're hearing from kids, what their perspectives are, the issues both positive and negative."

"Use technology as a fantastic resource-but use it wisely," said Cindy Southworth, technology Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

"It's really a powerful resource, and if we educate people on how to use the resource, we can keep it safe for everybody," said B.Keith Fulton, President of Verizon West Virginia.

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