FPF Supports Connect Safely for Safer Internet Day

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Safe Internet Day 2016

Our friends at Connect Safely have put together an amazing program to support student awareness and education as part of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  Below is their writeup – we invite you all to participate and spread the word – particularly to the students in your life and their educational institutions – this is too good to miss!

They’ve built a stellar agenda for the 300+ students attending Safer Internet Day at Universal Studios Hollywood, and fortunately, for those of us who can’t make it in person,we can watch the live stream. Along with a professional video crew, the LA Unified School District has arranged for student journalists to use Periscope as roving reporters to live stream the offstage action including when the students are in small groups answering the tough questions and as they interact with the exhibits and walk the red carpet.

There is an exciting lineup of great speakers assembled with help from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook. Young panelists from Beyond Differences, #ICANHELP, and IspirED will discuss the topic “Rejecting Hate, Building Resilience & Growing the Good Online,” moderated by college filmmaker, Instagram personality and transgender activist Leo Sheng.

Professional wrestler and reality TV star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will speak about how it’s possible to play a bad guy on TV but be a gentle soul in real life with messaging about his own experiences with bullying.

LA Media personality Tshaka Armstrong, a parent and founder of Digital Shepards, will inspire the kids to take responsibility for making the world a better place.

Connect Safely’s newest team member – K-12 education director Kerry Gallagher – will lead the students as they break into small groups with the help of distinguished coaches and judges who will pick the top student proposals for special recognition.

Finally, Connect Safely brings in Zoë Quinn founder of Crash Override who works hard to fight the online harassment that she herself faced as “patient zero of Gamergate.”

Join the live stream and Periscope webcasts, and when you do, be part of the discussion – tweet using #SIDUS16, #SID2016 and #SaferInternetDay.

The link for the live stream:  http://saferinternetday.us/livestream/

Congratulations and thanks to Connect Safely for their excellent work to keep children and students safe on-line.  See you Tuesday!