ATLANTA - The social media revolution has created a whole new world of communication and no group has been more affected by this change than young Georgians. Every tweet, Facebook post and text could come with disturbing and sometime dangerous consequences.
Channel 2’s Monica Pearson warns local parents about the new risks that are starting to emerge. “It’s a show no family can afford to miss,” said Pearson. “We will take parents through the critical steps to help keep their kids safe.”
This program features chilling warnings from local teenagers about cyber bullying, sexting and online hacking. Channel 2’s Justin Farmer and WSB Radio’s Scott Slade will also moderate a question and answer session with social media experts in front of a live studio audience.
“WSB-TV has researched this important issue and is eager to share our findings with parents. Our community needs to lead and teach our children about social media,” said Marian Pittman, station manager for Channel 2.
Experts say the main problem is parents and kids do not talk to each other about what is going on in social media. Channel 2 is asking parents and kids to sign a pledge to have a conversation at least one hour a week. The pledge card is available to download on wsbtv.com and on the station’s Facebook page. Click here for helpful links related to social media.
Social Media and Your Kids will also be streamed live on wsbtv.com and simulcast on 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. Viewers are also invited to join the conversation on Channel 2’s Facebook and Twitter pages before, during and after the show.
WHAT: Social Media and Your Kids – A Family 2 Family Special
WHO: Channel 2’s Monica Pearson & Justin Farmer
WHEN: Live Sunday at 7 p.m., April 22, 2012
WHERE: Channel 2 WSB-TV, wsbtv.com and on 95.5 FM
and AM 750 News/Talk WSB
About Channel 2 WSB-TV The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta’s number one local television station. The station also operates its website, wsbtv.com, its mobile site, wap.wsbtv.com, and airs MeTV on its digital channel 2.2.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.