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Time Warner funds EPIC’s internet safety and cyberbullying workshops

EPIC - Every Person Influences Children Inc. – recently received a $5,000 grant from Time Warner Cable in support of developing and implementing new internet safety and cyberbullying workshops.

The workshops will be offered to schools and community organizations and presented to parents and their children from middle to high school. With this seed money, EPIC will be able to provide either or both programs to five schools and community centers in Western New York. As more funding becomes available, EPIC will expand the program reach, as there is already a waiting list of schools.

“Time Warner Cable is proud to support the important work of EPIC and make an impact locally on the lives of our customers and the community. Our employees are also very excited to engage with EPIC and the students to educate families about digital literacy as well as raising visibility of the power and pitfalls of social media and internet safety,” said Stephanie Salanger, Northeast Community Investment senior manager, said in a news release.

Each workshop will be delivered on-site for 60 to 90 minutes, with time for questions and answers. EPIC also will provide additional resources to teens and parents.

The workshops, co-developed with Joe Stabb, a data analyst at Canisius College, will focus on general online rules, overview and social media safety; protecting yourself and/or your child; identifying and reporting concerns; resources available from Internet Service Providers, law enforcement and other sources; tips on how parents can talk to their child about online expectations, and techniques for monitoring your child’s digital spaces; and how teens can use the internet effectively, how to talk to their friends about privacy and what they need to know to be safe.

EPIC also will offer a Cyber Bullying Workshop in partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Bullying Abuse Program. It will cover the definition of bullying and provide information about relationships, how to prevent yourself and others from being bullied, the warning signs of bullying and what to do if your child is being cyberbullied.

For more information, contact Shelley Richards at 332-4140 or by email at