Comcast Offers Advice from Dr. Michael Rich from Harvard Medical School During National Internet Safety Month

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSK, CMCSA), the nation’s leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services, today announced that it is offering Internet Safety programming on Video On Demand (VOD) and has launched new consumer resources on its Internet Security Web page June is National Internet Safety Month and as the nation’s leading residential Internet Service Provider, Comcast is committed to providing a safe and secure online experience for its customers.

“At Comcast we take our responsibility of delivering a safe, secure and superior online experience for our customers very seriously,” said Jay Opperman, Senior Director of Security and Privacy.  “We do this by taking a comprehensive, multi-layered approach to Internet safety that focuses on identity and privacy protection, family and parental controls, and safeguards for digital assets. Our goal is to ensure our customers are provided the means and education to protect themselves and their families.”

Throughout the month, VOD customers can access a PBS FRONTLINE documentary called Growing Up Online. The film examines the effect that the Internet and “digital world” have on the social and emotional lives of teenagers. Growing Up Online can be found under “Help & Services” in the “Hi-Speed Internet” folder on VOD.

“Comcast’s inclusion of FRONTLINE’s Growing Up Online as a free Video On Demand offering throughout the month of June will provide an opportunity for Comcast viewers to experience the private worlds that teenagers create online and to understand the real risks and realities of teen life on the Internet,” say FRONTLINE Executive Producer David Fanning.  “We hope our film helps to bridge the digital divide between parents and their increasingly wired teens.”

In June, with the support of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), Comcast is providing new resources on which will include:

A “For Parents” page which features content rich tips for parents on Internet Safety

  • A “For Kids” page that includes games designed to get kids interested in staying safe online
  • A new Frequently Asked Questions section written by Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
  • A downloadable brochure for parents entitled How to Talk to Your Kids About Internet Safety
  • An Internet Safety Contract for parents and their children designed to help families establish an open dialogue about Internet safety and set ground rules for the use of the Internet both inside and outside of the home

“It’s wonderful to see an Internet Service Provider, like Comcast, committed to educating consumers about how to keep safe on the Internet,” said Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepSafe. “Comcast reaches families with important Internet safety messages everyday online and through cable television.”

In addition to the VOD programming and the new resources on, to raise further awareness about Internet safety, Comcast is hosting a national radio media tour on June 4th to provide tips on what people can do to help them stay safe online.

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