The excessive use of Internet, cell phones and other modern technological devices are making children and adults the victim of cyberbullying, sexting and harmful aggressive behavior. LG Mobile Phones, a manufacturer of texting devices and a popular brand among teens, joined together with other technology leaders, content providers, students and educators to focus on ways to educate and empower parents on safe mobile phone usage at the inaugural, Generation Mobile Forum, hosted by the FCC (News - Alert) on Dec. 14 at McKinley Technology High School in Washington D.C.
According to the press release, the Generation Mobile Forum set out to address the opportunities and challenges associated with an increase in technology usage amongst adolescences. This forum is attended by more than 700 parents, educators and students.
Beginning with a presentation given by FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski (News - Alert), and the forum moved to highlight LG Mobile Phones’ LG Text Ed program. LG Text Ed is a comprehensive educational campaign for parents that addresses teen mobile phone misuse, and provides consumers with valuable resources so they can teach responsible phone use to their children.
The event included a special Skype (News - Alert) appearance by award-winning actress Jane Lynch - the newest member of the LG Text Edcouncil. Lynch, who stars in a series of comedic vignettes for the program, which can be viewed on www.LGTextEd.com, is currently working with the mobile phone manufacturer to raise awareness about risky mobile phone behaviour. The LG Text Ed program, which was launched earlier this year, offers parents a number of articles, tips, videos, and other content so they can educate themselves on the dangers of mobile phone misuse; employ strategies to help protect their children from potential problems, and discover how they might be modeling their children’s mobile phone behavior.
The forum also featured two panel discussions, the first of which consisted of local high school students, parents and educators, discussing topics ranging from how kids are using mobile phones today to issues of mobile bullying and sexting. The second panel included industry professionals taking questions via Twitter, the web and the audience regarding various issues faced by children, parents and educators in the age of technology.
In other company news, TMCnet reported that recently LG Mobile Phones had challenged the fastest thumbs in the nation to the ultimate text messaging challenge called "The 2010 LG U.S. National Texting Championship.
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