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Julie Evans, NetDay, 949-609-4660,

Karen Pace, BellSouth Corporation, 404-249-2504,

NetDay’s 2004 survey results show 58 percent of students have cell phones, 60 percent email or IM adults on a weekly basis

ATLANTA, March 8, 2005 – – Preliminary findings released today by NetDay reveal students’ insights into the technologies they are using both personally and educationally.  More than 167,000 K-12 students participated in the nationwide Speak Up Day for Students 2004, with support from BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) and Advanced Network & Services, Inc. 

The Speak Up Day 2004 data shows technology has become an indispensable tool in the education of today’s students.  The survey reveals important new information about the ways students are communicating using cell phones, email and instant messaging.

2004 data highlights (from data set of grades 6-12)

  • 58 percent of students have a cell phone and 68 percent of those students bring their cell phone to school
  • 21 percent of those school-bound cell phones have text and video/photo capabilities
  • 81 percent of students have at least one email account
  • 75 percent have at least one instant messaging (IM) screen name
  • 60 percent e-mail or IM people other than friends on a weekly basis.  (69 percent to parents and family members, 24 percent to teachers and coaches and four percent to religious leaders)
  • 62 percent turn to technology solutions first when writing a report

The 2004 Speak Up Day survey included new questions on plagiarism and bullying, and even though 66 percent of students say their teachers have talked to them about plagiarism, 35 percent know someone who’s cheated online.  In addition, this year’s findings revealed that 31 percent of students say they have (or someone they know has) been bullied or harassed by another student online.

“Over the past two years, the impact of NetDay’s Speak Up Day projects has been phenomenal,” said Julie Evans, NetDay CEO.  “The 2003 Speak Up Day survey involved 210,000 students whose opinions influenced the development of federal education policy as they let their voices be heard and shared their ideas with NetDay.   Today, states and schools all across the United States are using the Speak Up Day data to revisit technology programs and budgets – and they are listening to their primary customers, the students, with a new vigor and intensity.  The 2004 data continues to explore new areas of interest to students and provides our education community with more data upon which to improve education for all students. “

“At the completion of each survey, I am amazed at the new insights revealed,” said Kim Mulkey, technology director, BellSouth Foundation.  “It reinforces to me that we need to keep on asking students how they view technology in their learning.”

The mission of NetDay, a national education technology nonprofit group, is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology.  NetDay (, the national 501.c.3 non-profit organization known for its successful school wiring programs, today manages community and web-based programs that promote enhanced student achievement through the effective use of technology.  NetDay’s Speak Up Day focuses awareness on the importance of student voices in the national dialogue on education and technology.

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and a parent company of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s second largest wireless voice and data provider.  Backed by award winning customer service, BellSouth offers the most comprehensive and innovative package of voice and data services available in the market. Through BellSouth AnswersSM, residential and small business customers can bundle their local and long distance service with dial up and high speed DSL Internet access, satellite television and Cingular® Wireless service. For businesses, BellSouth provides secure, reliable local and long distance voice and data networking solutions. BellSouth also offers online and directory advertising through BellSouth® RealPages.comsm and The Real Yellow Pages®.   More information about BellSouth can be found at 

Advanced Network & Services, Inc. (ANS) was formed in September of 1990 as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing education by accelerating the use of computer networking applications and technology.   From 1990 to 1995 it helped to build the backbone of the Internet, and in 1995 ANS sold its assets and operations to AOL.  In 1996 and beyond ANS became a philanthropic organization creating ThinkQuest, The National Tele-Immersion Initiative and funded many other educational programs.