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As more focus is being placed on how much time teens spend on the internet, specifically social media and gaming – new research from the McCain Institute’s R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t campaign spotlights just how little parents and teens are actually communicating about the potential dangers that exist online. The study, titled The R.E.A.L. Talk: What parents and teens know they should be talking about, but aren’t, uncovered a serious lack of important conversations happening between parents and their kids regarding online grooming and risky behavior like sexting and sharing nudes.
The McCain Institute at Arizona State University (ASU) unveiled two public art installations at the ASU Media and Immersive Experience (MIX) Center. These works of art are part of the McCain Institute’s R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t campaign, aimed at raising awareness, educating caregivers and teens about online safety, and protecting children from harmful content, grooming, or online exploitation.
The installations were designed by local artists at I AM Undefined Art and Xico, Inc. and guided by young people at the Boys & Girls Club – Grant Woods Mesa Branch and one•n•ten. The artwork intends to provoke thought and foster dialogue among community members about safety in the digital world.
“Modern Warriors,” designed by two Chicago artists and mothers, was unveiled in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood as part of R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t. The campaign raises awareness and creates open, thoughtful dialogue around online safety. The mural is intended to provoke thought and spark conversation among community members – including adults and teens – about safety in the digital world.
The McCain Institute proud to wrap up a four-stop unveiling of its R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t billboard campaign across the state of Texas. These billboards are central to the McCain Institute’s R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t online safety campaign and are expected to reach over 100 million Texans by the end of this year.
The McCain Institute unveiled new billboards as part of an expansion of the nationwide online child safety campaign, R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t. The out-of-home advertising portion of the campaign is expected to reach 180+ million Texans in over 70 cities across the state, raising awareness about online safety and child exploitation.
The McCain Institute for International Leadership is proud to reaffirm its commitment to combatting human trafficking and exploitation by launching R.E.A.L. Friends Don’t, a national media campaign to increase awareness and educate parents and caregivers about online safety.
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