Oklahoma City – Oct. 11, 2007 – Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the leader in Internet security, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org), a national non-profit organization committed to Internet safety, today honored Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson with the Internet Keep Safe Award for his efforts towards keeping children safe online during a “Norton Connected & Protected Kids’ Assembly” to address the role of technology in students’ lives. The Internet safety assembly was hosted by Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, whose personal platform is Internet safety, and Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt and attended by more than 100 students, parents and teachers of Capitol Hill Elementary. During the assembly, Symantec awarded a $5,000 grant to D.A.R.E. for the rollout of the “Faux Paw the Techno Cat” Internet safety program in Oklahoma City schools.
Attorney General Edmondson has made Internet safety a high priority. In one initiative Edmondson was instrumental in getting social networking sites like MySpace to turn over information about sex offenders known to be using the Web site. Thanks to his efforts, MySpace provided attorneys general with information about all offenders found on its site, including email and IP addresses. Edmondson continues to work with other attorneys general to protect underage Internet users, including encouraging parents to speak to their children about Internet safety.
Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson personally knows the threats the Internet can pose to children. When Nelson was 13, she and her friends gave their name, age, sex and location to someone online who was later discovered to be a sexual predator. Today, Nelson works with Symantec and the company’s Norton Connected and Protected Family Safety Initiative to educate children about the dangers of the Internet as part of her year of service with the Miss America Organization.
The Faux Paw Internet safety curriculum was developed by Penn State Dept. of Education, D.A.R.E., and iKeepSafe and was sponsored by Symantec. Consisting of children’s books and animated DVDs, the program was created specifically for elementary school children and follows the adventures of Faux Paw the Techno Cat, a curious, Web-surfing cat who teaches kids how to keep safe online. Online tutorials for teachers and parents covering topics such as social networking, cyberbullying and general tips about how to keep kids safe online are also available as part of the curriculum from iKeepSafe and Symantec. The Faux Paw Internet safety program will rollout out in Oklahoma City schools starting this fall.
“Attorney General Edmondson’s efforts, along with the school programs implemented by D.A.R.E., are critical to keeping children safe online,” said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate with Symantec. “Symantec is thrilled to partner with the iKeepSafe to support the efforts of these organizations.”
Symantec and iKeepSafe will continue the nationwide Norton Connected and Protected Family Safety Initiative throughout the fall by visiting schools, camps and community centers nationwide. These events will explore the role the Internet and other technologies play in children’s personal, school and family lives, including:
- How children use the Internet.
- What Web sites children are really visiting.
- What children and parents fear about the Internet.
- What information children are sharing on social networking sites.
- Who really knows more about the Internet – parents or kids?
The initiative also features the Norton Connected & Protected Mobile Tour, an 18-wheel interactive classroom that offers information and advice for how to keep safe when using the latest technologies. Through interactive tutorials, videos and hands-on demonstrations, families can learn more about a variety of Internet-related topics, including:
- How to recognize Internet threats for teens and tweens, including how to spot a cyber threat and deal with it before it becomes a problem. Entertaining videos and interactive games walk them through the process of dealing with cyber predators, troubling online situations, what to do during a computer crash, how to protect online music, games and more.
- A parent station gives parents insight into the most popular Internet trends for kids. Tutorials teach parents about social networking sites like MySpace and Friendster and illuminate the risks they pose to kids online. There are also stations designed to open dialogue between kids and parents about issues of Internet safety.
- A cyber security story station lets users record their tales of Internet security and how they deal with it. Users can watch other’s videos and learn how people just like them have dealt with online fraud, identity theft and more.
Parents can visit the Norton Family Resource Center Web site (www.norton.com/familyresource) to get additional information on Internet safety and see when the Norton Connected and Protected Mobile Tour will come to their town.
Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org)
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors, first spouses or attorneys general from all 50 states, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the NEA, National PTA and corporate sponsors, dedicated to keeping children safe online. The Coalition provides parent tutorials and educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno CatTM Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. Coalition materials are distributed throughout the United States with pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.