BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Say what you will about AT&T when it comes to customer service and cell phone service, but the company deserves some credit for working with area kids to prevent bullying online.
Cyber bullying. Protecting personal information online. Internet-based homework help. These are just a few of the topics covered at AT&T’s Youth for Broadband Awareness Literacy & Education (Y-BALE) project held at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center in Boca Raton on June 22. More than 60 children took part.
The goal of the AT&T Y-BALE program is to educate Florida’s youth on the value of wireless broadband in their communities by utilizing technology through a variety of media components including television, radio, web streaming, and face-to-face education.
Children at the Boca Raton Y-BALE seminar produced mobile-phone recorded videos ranging from 1-2 minutes. Messages prepared by the participants included topics such as the effects of cyber-bullying and the value and necessity of a good education. A small group of community stakeholders judged each video and awarded prizes for first, second and third place. The judges included:
· Mike Malone, president, Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Cindy Malone
· Beth Johnston, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
· Thomas Kruczek, dean, College of Business & Management, Lynn University
· Lynn Hover, executive board member, Florence Fuller Child Development Center
· Susan Haynie, deputy mayor, Boca Raton
AT&T has conducted several Y-BALE events statewide since 2011, including events in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Punta Gorda, Jacksonville, and the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.
(Photo: Children from Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach participated in the June 22 AT&T Y-BALE event at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center.)