Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) held the Second Annual National Teen Summit on Internet Safety yesterday in DC. 15 high school students from Cox Communities nationwide participated in discussions on Internet safety and behavior led by children's advocate John Walsh and Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson.
During this year's Summit, in-depth discussions explored many of the Internet issues affecting teens and their parents and guardians including teen activity on the Internet, the potential risks of Internet use, and what adults can do to make the Internet safer for their children.
While the 2007 survey revealed that more parents and guardians are monitoring Internet use and are talking to their children more about the potential dangers of the Internet, the behaviors of young people online still hold cause for concern. Many teens still remain unconcerned about the potential risks of sharing personal info online and nearly two-thirds post photos or videos of themselves.
Following the Summit, the teens headed to Capitol Hill where they met with Senators and Representatives from their respective states. Here the teens helped bring awareness to the issue of Internet safety in discussions about the positive and negative aspects of Internet use from a teen perspective.