Very Special Guest Adriana, “The Face of the Obamacare Website,” Joins Grant Hill, Fifth Harmony, Tamia, Quinton Aaron, LeVar Burton, Lisa Stanley and the “A” Team of Web Safety Experts at “Social Media Mania”
2000 TEENS LEARN ABOUT THE PERILS OF ONLINE COMMUNICATION AND CYBER-BULLYING
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2013 The Executive Producers of the Teen Choice Awards have partnered with the Beverly Hills Board of Education, to launch SOCIAL MEDIA MANIA. Social Media Mania is a celebrity-driven, expert-filled, interactive, infotainment program designed to give teens and their parents the 411 on Social Media and the potential dangers of the misuse of social media and how to enjoy it responsibly. This program will debut at Beverly Hills High School on November 19. Celebrities including Grant Hill (NBA All-Star), Fifth Harmony (X Factor winners), Tamia (Grammy nominated singer), Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”), Lisa Stanley (KEARTH 101 and BH High alumna), LeVar Burton (“Star Trek: Next Generation,” “Reading Rainbow”) will join an extraordinary group of experts. ADRIANA DECIDED TO JOIN THE SESSIONS BECAUSE SHE FEELS THAT HER STORY IS ONE THAT CAN DRIVE THE POINT HOME ABOUT THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF VICIOUS RUMORS AND CYBER-BULLYING. AS THE FACE OF OBAMACARE’S WEBSITE, SHE HAS BECOME THE PERSONIFICATION OF THE MISUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. She has been victimized, harassed, and indelibly hurt by cyber-bullying and false accusations and, as a teacher, has now made it a mission to teach young people the negative impact of irresponsible use of social media and the Internet, which is why she is committed to helping young people to understand what she’s been through.
The event is comprised of two 50-minute Social Media Mania presentations by the “A” team of Web Safety: Whitney C. Gibson, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease and a leader of the firm’s Internet crises group that develops unique solutions for people being damaged or attacked online; Caleb Weaver and David Oarr, directors at APCO Worldwide, leading the division that focuses on public relations management tied to online crisis situations; and Chris Anderson, Ph.D , co-founder and Group Head for the Internet Defamation Division of Cyber Investigation Services, LLC (CIS), where he has overseen damage control efforts for over 10,000 Internet defamation, harassment, and stalking requests. The celebrities will weigh in on their experiences and suggest how to best use social media.
Social Media Mania’s mission is to highlight the key issues that all teens face related to communicating online, from cyber-bullying and sexting to the immediate and long-term effects of inappropriate posts including indelible false rumors causing permanent negative imprints on people’s lives that can severely impact future professional and personal opportunities. In short, Social Media Mania is about teaching teens how NOT to become or cause Internet roadkill!
As much as social media has become a mainstay in society and the primary means of communication for teens (and many adults), there are permanent and often devastating scars left by some of the thoughtless, provocative and TMI texts and posts being put into cyberspace for all to see. Suicides from online bullying, web-posted photos that destroy kids’ reputations, messages and sexting that are permanent once you hit the ‘send’ button – all these must be controlled and, hopefully, stopped!”
Mike Burg, who created Social Media Mania, said, “The Teen Choice Awards is a show that embraces the world of teen empowerment, and we feel it is our responsibility, as its producers, to not only celebrate the ‘choices’ made by teens, but also to help young adults understand the consequences of choices they make. Nowhere is this more needed than in the world of Social Media.” The Beverly Hills High Social Media Mania presentations on November 19 will be taped and distributed online both to schools across the country and will be available on multiple websites that target teens. There are plans to expand the program in 2014 with a National Tour to reach teens and parents during the back to school season.
Did you know?
-- Around half of all teens have been victims of cyber-bullying and only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a victim of cyber-bullying. -- 1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras. -- About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others. -- 29 % of college admission officers "google" their applicants to find out more about them and nearly 1/3 of such searches leads to information that negatively impacts the applicant's admission chances.
About Social Media Mania (www.socialmediamania.org)
Social Media Mania is a property of Good Entertainment, Inc., a newly formed entity by the creators and Executive Producers of the Teen Choice Awards. Good Entertainment’s mission is to create entertainment product that has cause-related tie-ins. Social Media Mania is the first in a series of youth-oriented projects to be debuted by Good Entertainment in the coming months. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/socmediamania, #socialmediamania.
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