CUPERTINO, Calif. - May 17, 2001 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), a world leader in Internet security technology and a sponsor of the ParentsConnected 2001 Tour, today announced that Anson Lee, senior product specialist for Symantec's Norton Internet Security, will take part in the ParentsConnected 2001 Tour/Chicago Public Schools seminar at Lane Technical High School on Saturday, May 19 at 11:50 a.m. The seminar will be held in conjunction with Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's Parent Assembly, a citywide initiative to encourage parents to take an active role in their children's education.
Lee will join the ParentsConnected team in Chicago as an active participant in the seminar and inform parents about threats such as objectionable material, cyber stalkers, hackers and computer viruses. He will provide parents with helpful tips on how to keep children and the entire family safe from the dangers of the Internet. Lee will also talk about how parental filtering software works to help make the Internet a safer place for kids.
"Symantec recognizes that despite the valuable benefits the Internet offers children when it comes to their education, there are dangers that parents and kids should be aware of," Lee said. "Symantec's involvement in the ParentsConnected 2001 Tour allows us to inform parents about the types of threats their kids can encounter while online and how they can help their children avoid these threats."
The ParentsConnected 2001 Tour is a national seminar that aims to help narrow the digital divide by educating parents, children and teachers about the Internet. The tour, which began in October 2000, has performed in more than 400 school venues in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The tour has reached more than 200,000 parents and an estimated seven million homes via broadcasts of the tour on public television. The show includes information on Internet basics, online safety and family-friendly activities. All seminars are free to the school districts, parents, children and teachers. After the Chicago leg, the ParentsConnected 2001 Tour will hold its grand finale in Miami-Dade County at the end of this month.
The Saturday seminar in Chicago will be held as part of Mayor Richard M. Daley's Parent Assembly and Chicago's KidStart youth initiative. The KidStart Parent Assembly is designed to provide parents with common sense information on taking a more active role in their children's learning. In addition to the ParentsConnected seminar, the assembly will include a Parent Resource Fair and workshops on a variety of educational topics.
ParentsConnected's primary mission is to promote parental involvement in their children's education. Over the past two years, the company has developed computer education programs that facilitate family interaction and learning. ParentsConnected's programs give parents and children the opportunity to obtain computer skills that will have a positive and direct impact on their personal and professional lives.
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.symantec.com.
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