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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online
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Internet safety for youth a priority
“It is true that the Internet is part of our everyday lives, however, we must be mindful of the harm that can result if misused.”
So stressed director of the Neal & Massy Foundation Hugh Henderson, as he discussed the foundation’s involvement in the Cotton Tree Foundation’s Internet Safety Programme.
A release from the foundation said early this year, it made a contribution of $40,000 in support of the organisation’s efforts to increase the public’s awareness of some of the dangers associated with Internet use. While the initial programme educated the audience about the benefits of using new technology, it also highlighted the risks.
The six-week programme, which included a number of practical sessions, reached out to teachers, parents, guardians and mentors to stimulate knowledge base learning, empowerment and instill confidence when speaking to young people on the sensitive topics such as sexuality and pornography.
Anneliese Percy, the Cotton Tree Foundation’s general manager, said, “The Cotton Tree Foundation is extremely pleased to have received this donation towards our Internet Safety Programme.”
Percy added, “We are delighted that the Neal & Massy Foundation understands the need for and importance of such a programme in society. The Internet plays a major role in how young people recreate, interact and communicate today. This funding will allow us to continue educating parents so that they are better able to protect their children from some of the dangers of the internet such as cyber bullying and internet pornography.“
Henderson added, “We must applaud the Cotton Tree Foundation for the tremendous work carried out over the years to assist the youth in the communities they serve.”
The Cotton Tree Foundation was established in 1993 to offer a variety of programmes to help improve life chances through the medium of education. St Ann’s, Cascade and Belmont are some of the communities that benefit from its work.