Ackert Talks Online Safety with Coventry Students

Posted on February 21, 2024


(COVENTRY) — On Wednesday, State Representative Tim Ackert (R-Coventry) joined Attorney General William Tong and State Senator Jeff Gordon (R-Woodstock) at Coventry High School to discuss responsible usage of social media. The elected officials administered a Q&A forum on the topic with a high school Contemporary Issues class and later, the 6th-8th graders of Coventry Middle School.

Ackert wrote his opening address using poplar artificial intelligence program, ChatGPT, to demonstrate how easy it is for modern technology to influence us every day. He went on too express his commitment to being present at all times with others and shared his joy in seeing mature students of all ages defend responsible social media use.

“I was so proud to see our Coventry students tackle the big questions on social media,” said Ackert. “Everyone, including Attorney General Tong, was stunned after I revealed that my 3-minute opening speech on the effects of social media had been composed by ChatGPT; my point being: this is our reality. Whether social media or artificial intelligence, it is important to be present and cautious of our online interactions. Together, parents, lawmakers, and hopefully neighboring states can support a national movement to prioritize user safety on these platforms, especially for our youth.”

For more information on this or any state issue, never hesitate to contact Rep. Ackert at or at 860-240-8700.