DENVER, Oct. 20, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), a leader in online safety and provider of high-speed Internet, will bring Nick Yee, Ph.D., online video games and virtual worlds research scientist from the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), to the Internet Safety Foundation’s Teen Summit event at Old Supreme Court Building in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 21. Qwest is also a sponsor of the event.


 

Dr. Yee has partnered with Qwest and its online safety program, Incredible Internet, to provide parents with expert insight and advice to manage their children’s online gaming and virtual world activities.

At the event, Dr. Yee will discuss his recent research related to teens and online video games and present the video podcast, “What Online Gaming Parents Know That You Don’t.” The podcast is hosted by Dr. Yee and examines the overlooked social benefits of online gaming, offers tips for parents to start the online gaming conversation with their kids and a sample online gaming parent-child “contract” to help parents manage their kids’ online activities.


“As we travel across the country talking to teenagers, in some classrooms up to 80 percent of kids said that their parents had no limits or expectations or rules on how much time they could spend online or in virtual worlds. Most of these kids said that they feel their parents knew very little about the Internet or virtual worlds,” Dr. Yee says in the podcast, which then reveals advice from parents who participate in online games themselves.


“Qwest is committed to ensuring that anyone online -- especially a child -- is equipped with the tools and the knowledge to surf the Internet safely,” said Shirley BloomfieldQwest senior vice president of federal relations and recently appointed online safety champion for Qwest.


Qwest continually updates Incredible Internet with relevant online safety topics for parents, including “Raising Healthy Kids in a Looking Glass High-Tech World” a new online video and free downloadable article by Dr. Linda Young, practicing family psychologist and Qwest-sponsored Cyberpsychologist.   It addresses the impact of teen online pastimes such as social networking on identity development, and offers parents tips for keeping kids well-grounded. Later this fall, Incredible Internet will also host a first-of-its-kind how-to guide for teachers to develop their own anti-cyberbullying curriculum. The guide was authored by Mike Donlin, an educator with Seattle Public Schools and active member of Qwest’s Washington Online Safety Coalition.

 


 

About the Incredible Internet Program

Qwest and the Qwest Foundation are committed to helping families learn to protect their children from online threats. Since 2003, Qwest has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to raise families’ awareness about online safety issues and to help combat online exploitation of youth proactively by encouraging increased parental and guardian understanding and education. Qwest currently is expanding its Online Safety Program nationally and throughout its Western 14-state region. For more information, or to ask an expert a question about online safety, visit www.incredibleinternet.com. In addition, the Qwest Foundation sponsors www.NetSmartz411.org, a free, first-of-its-kind resource that gives families direct access to experts at NCMEC who can respond to their specific questions and concerns about online safety.

About Qwest

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