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Attorney General McDonnell, Comcast and iKeepSafe Unveil Internet Safety Video Available ‘On Demand’

July 8, 2008

RICHMOND, Va., July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Attorney General Bob McDonnell, Comcast and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe) unveiled a new video teaching children and parents about online safety. The feature was debuted during an event at the Boys & Girls Club of Richmond this morning.

The video is available free for all Comcast Digital Cable customers in Virginia to access at their convenience, day or night, via Comcast’s signature On Demand service, with the ability to pause, fast forward and rewind. It explores the risks associated with the Internet, and teaches parents and guardians how to become involved and take action to protect their children from these risks.

“Through this video, we aim to provide parents with a resource for acquiring the knowledge and tools they need to keep their children safe online,” Attorney General McDonnell said. “The content is relevant, easy to understand and accessible to parents any time of the day or night through Comcast’s convenient On Demand service. Internet safety efforts will not succeed without strong partnerships between the public and private sectors. I commend iKeepSafe and Comcast for their leadership, and encourage parents to tune into this new cable feature.”

Comcast Digital Cable customers in Virginia can view the video today through Sunday, Aug. 31 by tuning to Channel 1 on their digital cable lineup or pressing the On Demand button on their remote control, then clicking on “Get Local” and selecting “Internet Safety” in the “Comcast Cares” folder.

The video is also available on the Attorney General of Virginia’s Web site at the http://www.vaag.com/. Visitors can click on “Family Internet Safety” in the left column to access the video online along with additional information and resources on Internet safety.

“Our partnership with Attorney General McDonnell and iKeepSafe aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver a safe and secure online experience for our customers,” said Rob Omberg, state legislative director for Comcast. “Comcast is committed to providing parents with the information and resources they need to best manage their children’s use of the Internet, from our complimentary McAfee security software to our interactive, go-to safety portal online, and more.”

Also at the event, iKeepSafe and Comcast presented Attorney General McDonnell with an award for his work keeping Virginia’s children safe and healthy online.

“The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is proud to honor the efforts of Attorney General McDonnell who is dedicated to encouraging the youth of Virginia to have safer, healthier habits on the Internet and addressing issues such as cyberbullying, cyber-ethics and finding balance in their digital lives,” said Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepSafe. “We are also grateful for committed partners like Comcast who give us additional opportunities and resources to deliver the message of safe and healthy Internet use to children and communities.”

About Attorney General McDonnell’s Youth Internet Safety

The Attorney General’s Youth Internet Safety Task Force, which met over the course of 2006, is a joint effort, led by the Attorney General, to educate and raise awareness among Virginia’s children and parents about the dangers of the Internet through innovative initiatives. The Attorney General’s Youth Internet Safety Advisory Committee meets regularly to implement these educational initiatives and is comprised of leaders representing education, law enforcement, parents, faith-based organizations and the technology industry. For example, the Attorney General’s “Project SafetyNet VA” public awareness campaign about Internet safety featured a TV-ad contest entered by hundreds of students across Virginia (click here for more info: http://www.vaag.com/PRESS_RELEASES/NewsArchive/051308_Contest.html). Click here for more about the Task Force: http://www.vaag.com/InternetTaskForce

About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (http://www.ikeepsafe.org/)

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. The coalition’s partners include the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Reading is Fundamental, and Communities in Schools. (For a complete list of partners, visit iKeepSafe.org.) The coalition provides parent tutorials and age-appropriate educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cat(R) Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. iKeepSafe uses these unique partnerships to disseminate the safety resources to families worldwide, including pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.

About Comcast

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Cable is a division of Comcast Corporation (http://www.comcast.com/), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high-speed Internet customers and 5.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast’s Eastern Division serves almost 5.4 million customers along the New York to DC corridor, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina. The Eastern Division also founded and manages CN8, The Comcast Network, one of the nation’s largest and most honored regional 24-hour diversified television networks, seen by more than nine million homes on the East Coast. The Eastern Division employs approximately 18,000 people and is based in Oaks, Pennsylvania.

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CONTACT: J. Tucker Martin, Tucker.Martin@oag.state.va.us, or DavidClementson, dclementson@oag.state.va.us, +1-804-786-2071, both for theAttorney General’s Office; or Tammy Leavitt of iKeepSafe, +1-310-754-9133, ortammy@iKeepSafe.org; or Alisha Martin of Comcast, +1-410-513-3155, orAlisha_martin@cable.comcast.net

Web site: http://www.comcast.com/http://www.vaag.com/http://www.ikeepsafe.org/




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