R.I. AG teams with Facebook for online safety campaign

By Bryan Cohen | May 15, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Legal Newsline) -- Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced the launch of a new public education campaign Tuesday in cooperation with Facebook to protect the online privacy of teens.

Kilmartin formally unveiled the campaign at the National Association of Attorneys General's Presidential Initiative Summit on Privacy in the Digital Age.

The collaborative campaign gives teenagers and parents tips and resources to more effectively manage the information they share and with whom they share it on Facebook and on the Internet in general.

"I am pleased to join with Facebook to launch this online safety campaign," Kilmartin said in a statement. "I urge parents, teachers, community leaders and policy makers to learn more about how to create a safe online space for children through this campaign."

Kilmartin joined with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to tape a public service announcement called, "What You Can Do to Control Your Information."

The PSA addresses major questions about privacy, general Internet safety and bullying prevention.

"The Internet offers many opportunities for young people," the attorney general said. "It is a gateway to exciting new opportunities and allows young people to expand their horizons far beyond their neighborhoods. But, it can also be a place of danger.

"That is why we need to ensure the Internet is a safe and secure environment for our young people. Just as we address bullying in our schools and teach our children to be aware of dangers in our communities, we must address them online."

While the awareness campaign targets young people, the online privacy resources can be used by all consumers. The initiative includes a privacy tip sheet and a video series in which Facebook will give answers to questions asked by consumers.

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