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Keeping the Network Safe—No Matter What Kids Download

Created: 27 Jan 2010 • Updated: 28 Jan 2010
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I first heard the term "digital natives" from a friend who creates educational gaming software. I had never heard it before, but it was coined by the author and educational gaming software designer Marc Prensky in his essay called “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.” It refers to people born after 1980 or so who grew up with computers in their homes and are more comfortable with technology than their parents, "immigrants" from a non-digital world. Every successive generation grows up to be more tech-savvy than the one before. 
To engage today's “digital natives,” many grade schools use technology in the classroom, which means teachers depend on IT to keep these systems running. This was definitely the case at Mobile County Public Schools, where their IT staff used to spend about 300 hours a year battling malware-related disruptions. However, when they deployed Symantec Protection Suite four years ago, that stopped completely. They haven’t experienced a single malware disruption since.
Click here to read the Mobile County Public Schools Success Story.