AT&T Working With Area Kids To Prevent Cyber Bullying


BOCA RATON, FL ( — 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.

From AT&T:

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.)