Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will hold their 5th National Teen Summit On Internet Safety June 15 in Washington, D.C., gathering teens from across the country to discuss online safety issues including cyberbullying, sexting and the potential long-term impact of social media posts on digital reputation.
"America’s Most Wanted" host and children’s advocate John Walsh will lead the discussion at the event.
For the first time, Cox will stream the Teen Summit live over the Internet beginning at 9:30 am at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/coxteensummit.
In conjunction with the Summit, Cox and NCMEC also sponsor an annual survey of teens to gauge the online behavior of young people. This year’s survey paid particular interest to teens’ understanding of the potential long-term consequences of social media communications for their digital reputations; full results from the survey will be released on the day of the Summit.
Preliminary results from the survey show that more than 80 percent of teens surveyed believe what they post online could impact their personal reputation. Despite this understanding, however, teens continue to engage in risky behavior online. For example, 50 percent of those surveyed said they have posted a fake age online and 38 percent have become social network friends with someone they don’t know.