LIBERTY PUERTO RICO LAUNCHES EDUCATIONAL VIDEO

ON CYBERBULLYING AND ONLINE CHILD EXPLOITATION

 

Developed with ICE, the video educates children and teens on the risks to which they are exposed to when navigating the Internet without supervision and how they can protect themselves. It will also be disseminated through a partnership with the Department of Education

 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, August 24, 2017 –  As part of its social responsibility campaign and in an effort to create connections and protect the island’s student community, Liberty Puerto Rico announced today the availability of a video produced by the company along with the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Child Exploitation Investigative Unit.

 

To achieve a larger dissemination of the video, Liberty also announced a partnership with the Puerto Rico Department of Education, through which the company will facilitate training and materials on cyberbullying to teachers in the Department’s School Health Division and School Retention Attention Unit. Liberty will be working on a similar partnership with the island’s private schools.

 

The video educates audiences on the risks of cyberbullying and sexual exploitation to which children and teens are exposed to when navigating the Internet without supervision and how they can protect themselves. Special Agents Alek Pacheco and Reinaldo Medina, from ICE, generated a discussion on this subject, providing valuable information and tips for children and teens ages 9 to 14. It is divided in six chapters that last between 5 and 14 minutes. Subjects discussed in the video include cybercrimes, Internet safety, cyberbullying, statistics, sexting and iGuardians.

 

“We developed this video to help educate parents, students, teachers and the public on this important subject and make navigating the Internet a safer and trusted experience,” said Naji Khoury, president and CEO of Liberty Puerto Rico. “As Internet providers on the island, we are aware that this is one of the most powerful tools ever invented, but what matters is how it is used. This video is a valuable tool for the public and private education systems and for parents, to help avoid cyberbullying and child exploitation.”

 

“One of our main goals is to take care of children in every aspect. The education of Puerto Rico’s boys and girls is essential for all of us at the Department of Education, as well as their physical and emotional health. That is why we support this project, which I am sure will instruct and help students on a very important issue that could affect them significantly,” said the Secretary of Education of Puerto Rico, Julia Keleher.

 

The video will be used in the department’s School Health Division, which counts with teachers

that offer school health classes at the high school level from sixth to twelfth grade. These courses are a graduation requirement for these students. The division will also use the video for its Navegando seguro por el Internet (Navigating the Internet Safely) program. This program has specialized teachers and each one will train 10 students who will carry the message to their peers. The video will also be used by the School Retention Attention Unit, which works with high-risk schools and develops a plan to work with bullying and cyberbullying. This division counts with social workers, professional counselors and psychologists that work as an integrated team.

 

All teachers from these two divisions will receive guidance and training to implement the video in their class curriculums.

 

Cyberbullying and online child exploitation have become highly important subjects for the island’s school community, particularly due to the skyrocketing number of sexual predators who use the Internet to lure their victims.

 

“To protect the most vulnerable sector of our population –our children—from sexual predators on the Internet is everyone’s responsibility, from the public to the private sector. Partnerships such as the one ICE has forged with Liberty to educate this this population should serve as an example of how it is possible to work together for one purpose. At ICE, we are very aware of the fact that we can’t win this battle by ourselves and that only through education and by joining forces we will be able to keep our children safe on the Internet. As a telecommunications company, Liberty is in an ideal position to take our prevention and education message to a great number of children and through this video, the company has become a multiplying force of our efforts, making them theirs as well,” added Orlando Baez, ICE’s interim director.

 

The video will be available for schools and the public in a downloadable format in the “Navega con seguridad” section at Liberty’s webpage www.navegaconseguridad.net, and in the company’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/LibertyIncreible/feed. It will also air on channel 85 on Liberty’s digital standard definition lineup (channel 285 on its high definition lineup) from August 24 to August 30 at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The video will also be broadcast on CableVisión (channel 10 on its digital standard definition lineup and channel 210 on its high definition lineup) from August 25 to August 30 at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

 

The “Navega con seguridad” campaign began in 2013 and its main purpose is to educate the public on how to use the Internet responsibly and safely. For more information on “Navega con seguridad,” visit the “Navega con seguridad” section at Liberty’s webpage www.libertypr.com.

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