Net Literacy Encourages Everyone to Enter the “What I Wish My Parents Knew” 60 Second Sweepstakes!

If you’re a student (ages 13-21) and have about 60 seconds, you can submit 140 characters about what YOU wish your parents knew about technology. The prize – an Xbox Kinect! Net Literacy is a proud supporter of the Family Online Safety Institute and a Platform for Good.

Make a difference and add to the thoughtful discourse on the Web – just click on the image below!

What I Wish My Parents Knew Sweepstakes!

Net Literacy Presents to the UN Broadband Commissioners

On September 23, 2012, Net Literacy discussed its student-empowered digital inclusion and digital literacy model to the United Nations Broadband Commissioners in New York City.

Woven throughout the presentation, Net Literacy referenced its support of the Broadband Commission’s “B more” campaign and we asked the Commissioners to consider adding a fourth objective for the Working Group on Youth – to engage youth-managed and focused organizations to innovate, propose, and test practical and effective sustainable development solutions that engage and mobilize youth in support of digital inclusion, broadband development, and the MDG’s.

Net Literacy Endorses “A PLATFORM for GOOD” Launch With an Inaugural Day Blog

The Internet is a platform to do good and on September 12, 2012, a new website, A PLATFORM for GOOD is launching to help get the good word out and enable teens, teachers, and parents connect, share and do good online. This site is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute, a knowledgeable and trusted source of online safety information that Net Literacy endorses. A PLATFORM for GOOD provides a toolbox of actionable resources that we believe are particularly useful to teens.

What do you wish your parents knew about tech? Well, here’s your chance to be heard by clicking HERE.

Want to help your teacher by offering suggestions about how to use the Internet to make class even more engaging – check out the link to see what some teachers are doing HERE.

To keep up to date with the latest good and cool stuff happening in cyber space as discussed via blog – click HERE.

Net Literacy was invited to get the GOOD word out and show how students rule (and do good things) at Net Literacy and make a difference so please check out this blog When Teens Engage Teens about Internet Safety.

For more information about why A PLATFORM for GOOD is definitely for the good, contact me at [email protected]

The Impact of Attending School Every Day

Net Literacy partnered with the Indiana Partnership Center, Attendance Works, the Marion County Commission on Youth and the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy to help increase awareness of the importance of attending school every day. Serving as the “voice-of-youth-to-youth,” we use straight talk to explain the importance of attending school every day.

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For more information, click and the link and read the report or contact Jack Garvey ([email protected]), Hedy Chang ([email protected]), John Brandon ([email protected]), Terry Spradlin ([email protected]), or Dan Kent ([email protected]).

Net Literacy Donates 10,000th Computer to Families With Students Without a Computer at Home

High school student volunteers working at Net Literacy chapters throughout Indianapolis donate their 10,000th computer to a family with students not having a computer at home. This letter says it all.

Thank You Net Literacy Chapter at Shortridge
Thank You Net Literacy Chapter at Shortridge

Bright House Networks and Net Literacy Increase Internet Safety Awareness to 100,000s

Bright House Networks has supported Net Literacy’s Safe Connects program by providing $600,000 in advertising avails to rotate 25 student-created public service announcements throughout five counties in central Indiana. This initiative was first announced at a 2007 press conference held at the State House conducted by Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The two companies have extended the partnership via initiatives ranging from teaching elementary school students during a YMCA summer program to inserting 15,000 safety notices in students’ backpacks. In addition, thousands of unique visitors visit the Safe Connects website to watch the public service announcements and read other Internet safety materials.

Bright House Network and Net Literacy Partner to Increase Internet Safety

YSA Names Net Literacy to International “Top 25 List”

Net Literacy’s accomplishments were recognized by the YSA (Youth Service as Power) as one of “the 25 most power and influential” programs in the world because “service is power.” The YSA List recognizes those around the world that have made significant, large-scale change in five categories – Health, Education, Human Service, Human Rights, and the Environment. The first YSA List was unveiled April 20, 2012, as part of Global Youth Service Day celebrations. Founded and coordinated by YSA, Global Youth Service Day the largest service event in the world celebrated in more than 100 countries, and the only one dedicated to children and youth.

The 25 winners receive:

– $1,000 awards to support their ongoing efforts to change the world.
– Worldwide recognition through the Global Youth Service Day international media campaign, including prominent placement through the List media sponsor, Huffington Post.
– Huffington Post blogger accounts, to providing a platform for continued promotion of their good works.
– Opportunities to collaborate with members of YSA’s Global Youth Service Network around issues of mutual interest.
– List recipients were nominated by their peers, mentors, elected officials, and others who value their service. Nominations were open from December 18, 2011 to January 31, 2012.

At YSA’s request, an article about the genesis of Net Literacy was blogged at the Huffington Post.

For a direct link to the article – click on this LINK.

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