Verizon’s Back-to-School Tip: Broadband Use Helps Children Succeed

Verizon’s Back-to-School Tip: Broadband Use Helps Children Succeed



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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 8, 2006– Shopping for the latest fashions and school supplies are no longer enough for the back to school season. Success in the classroom depends more and more on broadband access so students can download classroom assignments, research topics and interact with teachers.

“In today’s classroom, the Internet is no longer viewed as a luxury but more as a necessity to excel in academics,” said Jeff McFarland, director of multicultural marketing for Verizon Communications. “Our goal at Verizon is to empower Hispanics by helping bridge the gap between education and technology.”

Besides downloading music and playing online games, the Internet is a great tool to read online encyclopedias and journals, receive tutor help and apply for educational scholarships.

The following are some helpful back-to-school tips for a safe and enjoyable broadband experience:

1.Monitor the computer. Keep the computer in a common area of the house, such as the living room or family room or the study, where adults can easily check on the child’s online activity. It’s easy to see which Web sites your child has visited by reviewing the browser’s “history” feature. Simply open the Internet browser and click on the down arrow next to the Web “address.” A list of Web sites that were recently visited will be displayed.

2.Talk to your child about the Internet. Discuss the wonderful information your child can find on the Internet that will help them with their homework or help them better understand a topic they are having problem with at school. Some helpful websites for academic research include: http://www.math-and-reading-help-for-kids.org, http://www.encarta.com and http://www.yourhomework.com

3. Help with homework. Parents should sit beside their young children during homework activities but should always let the students attempt the work first. If you see that they’re doing something inaccurately, ask them questions to help them think it through.

For older children, parents should review assignments and papers both before they’re turned in and after they’re graded.

Besides being a broadband leader in entertainment, Verizon is an active corporate citizen in the Hispanic community. Basic literacy is among Verizon’s major priorities due to its enormous impact on education, health, economic development and the digital divide. Since 2004, the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, has provided more than $24 million to programs and organizations that support the Hispanic community.

As part of caring for Hispanic families, Verizon strives to be on the cutting edge with its products and services so that consumers can enjoy their broadband experience.

Verizon Online offers DSL service at a variety of speeds that’s priced lower than many dial-up plans. For $17.99 per month, subscribers who sign up for a year can access the Internet at connection speeds up to 768 Kbps (kilobits per second) downstream and 128 Kbps upstream.

Verizon Online DSL customers can also get blazing-fast Internet connections at a maximum speed of 3 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 768 Kbps upstream for $21.95 per month for the first three months and $29.95 per month thereafter. In addition, Verizon Business DSL offers a variety of packages with different maximum connection speeds and features tailored specifically for the needs of each business owner starting as low as $24.95 per month.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), a Dow 30 company, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 55 million customers nationwide. Verizon Business operates one of the most expansive wholly-owned global IP networks. Verizon Telecom is deploying the nation’s most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. Based in New York, Verizon has a diverse workforce of more than 252,000 and generates annual consolidated operating revenues of approximately $90 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/espanol.

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Verizon’s Back-to-School Tip: Broadband Use Helps Children Succeed