Entries by Andrea Brands

    For Students, a 21st Century World Means 21st Century Questions

    September 21, 2016 1:32 PM by Andrea Brands

    As the new school year begins across the country, it’s hard not to reminisce about the questions I always had in the back of my mind at the beginning of a new  school year. They ranged from the immediate and critical:  Will I fall from these platform shoes? What was Saturday Night Fever really trying to tell me?  To the really-important-but-abstract: How do I study for the SAT? What is the college application process like?  Am I prepared to compete academically with the other students? And every year, it seemed like questions became more abundant and sophisticated as they grew in number and importance. While some of the answers still require introspection, many of the answers are straightforward; you just need to know where to look. Now, thanks the internet, many of those answers are just a click away.

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    Digital You Evolving to Enhance Online Experience

    March 10, 2016 9:46 AM by Andrea Brands

    Over the years, many of us at AT&T have been involved in efforts to help people learn more about how to get the most out of technology, whether it is training older adults to use their first smartphone or teaching students how to handle cyberbullying. Last year, we had the exciting opportunity to launch Digital You, a new, comprehensive AT&T program that offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience.

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    A Whole Lotta Connecting Going on

    December 17, 2015 12:00 PM by Andrea Brands

    Ever hear the expression “dig your way to China”? It was pretty common when I was a girl. My friends and I thought that if we dug hard enough, we would arrive on the other side of the world in a new land with a different culture and loads of potential BFFs. Geographical accuracy aside (from the U.S. we would actually dig our way into the Indian Ocean), the concept that we are all connected was well taken.

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    Summertime and the Online Living is Easy, Yes? Maybe.

    August 12, 2015 7:00 AM by Andrea Brands

    The Internet has become an integral part of most of our lives. In the summer, we use apps to check the weather, buy outdoor concert tickets and post vacation videos and photos. Getting online has become second nature, and we often don’t think twice, as our fingers tap and swipe. But believe it or not, this worry-free existence is not the norm for everyone. Consider these findings:

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    Digital Citizenship – Let’s Start the Conversation

    June 30, 2015 12:04 PM by Andrea Brands

    Kids are online all the time, but are they using it safely and making smart decisions? Nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis in the United States. Steering children down a safe path can be challenging, particularly if you are of a “certain age.” What are us digital non-natives to do?

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    It Can Wait® from Coast to Coast

    December 10, 2014 9:30 AM by Andrea Brands

    In communities across the country, we delivered our message that no text is worth a life. Since its inception, the It Can Wait campaign has been featured at thousands of events – at pledge signings, simulator demonstrations and presentations from people who were personally affected by texting and driving crashes. We had the privilege to meet extraordinary people over the years, and are humbled by the overwhelming response to the campaign. The outpouring of support in local communities around the country and the people leading this effort in their cities and towns made this campaign a movement, which elevated the campaign to a more personal, meaningful level to people. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, there have been more than 5 million pledges to never text and drive and nearly 2 million downloads of our DriveMode app – and those numbers are continuing to grow every day.

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    Navigating the Mobile Ecosystem: One Family at a Time

    June 19, 2014 3:00 PM by Andrea Brands

    Mobile phones have allowed individuals of all ages to stay connected and communicate with ease. Today, more than 75% of U.S. teens and an increasing number of younger children use mobile phones. This technology has become a key part of our daily lives, enabling us to complete tasks remotely that were once relegated to our homes or workplaces.

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    No Text is Worth a Life: Take the Pledge and Pass it On

    September 19, 2013 5:45 PM by Andrea Brands

    “He would have been an excellent athlete...His chair are his legs now,” said Valetta Bradford of her young son, Xzavier. As he was crossing the street, a texting driver struck Xzavier, ultimately paralyzing him. In a “maddening and moving” documentary created for the It Can Wait® movement, From One Second to the Next, Werner Herzog captures this and three other harrowing tales about how crashes caused by texting while driving resulted in life changing injuries and deaths. Unfortunately, there are countless stories just like these that have impacted families all across the country.

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