Rutledge Adopts Digital You as New Internet Safety Program
SEARCY – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that her office is adopting a new Internet safety program. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Digital You was officially launched nationally in August 2015.
Rutledge made the announcement at a press conference at the Lightle Senior Center in Searcy along with AT&T’s External Affairs Manager Rhonda Cline.
“In addition to teaching young people about Internet safety, it is a priority of mine to educate parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all adults about how to be smart online,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “By teaming up with Common Sense Media and AT&T to utilize their technology expertise and research, educators from my office will be able to present age-appropriate Internet safety trainings not only to children but enhance our statewide outreach to teenagers, parents and senior citizens to enable them to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. Regardless of age, skills or where Arkansans live, everyone is susceptible to scams and online threats.”
"AT&T deeply appreciates the opportunity to work with Attorney General Rutledge on this fantastic public education initiative,” said AT&T Director of External & Legislative Affairs Rhonda Cline. “AT&T launched Digital You so that people of all ages and levels of digital savvy have the resources and guidance they need to have a safe, secure and productive online experience. With educational materials for older adults, parents, teens, and individuals with disabilities, we are pleased Digital you is helping arm her office with information that will help Arkansans of all ages navigate the day to day issues that are a part of our digital experience.”
The Attorney General’s community educators are now offering Digital You presentations across the State to three audiences – seniors, parents and teens. The goal of the program is to help Arkansans with privacy, safety and security as they connect online.
Seniors and older adults who are digital newcomers will be given tips and tricks to learn how to use mobile devices, navigate the Internet, recognize scams, keep private information secure, back up data and more so that they can be empowered online. Parents will be given information about managing device usage, staying safe online, handling issues like cyberbullying and online reputation and protecting devices. Teenagers will be taught how to safely and responsibly navigate their digital lives.
Following the announcement, a community educator with the Attorney General’s office gave a presentation to seniors at the center.
Rutledge also launched her official Snapchat account today, making her the first constitutional officer in the State to use the platform. To follow Rutledge, open the Snapchat application and search “agrutledge.”
For more information about Digital You, upcoming presentations or to request a presentation in your community, please call (501) 682-2007 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.
About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Leslie Carol Rutledge is the 56th Attorney General of Arkansas. Elected on Nov. 4, 2014, she is the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history to be elected to the office.
Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, is a graduate of Southside High School, the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She was appointed Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and later served as Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. She served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lonoke County and in subsequent service as Attorney for the State of Arkansas’s Division of Children and Family Services. She also served as Deputy Counsel at the National Republican Congressional Committee before joining the Republican National Committee as Counsel. Prior to her election as Attorney General, she founded and practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC. Rutledge lives in Little Rock.