CUPERTINO, Calif. - June 4, 2003 - Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it is joining forces with I-Safe America to help raise awareness among parents, children and educators throughout the nation about the importance of staying safe online during National Internet Safety Month.
June 2003 has been designated the first National Internet Safety Month by I-Safe America, a non-profit Internet safety education foundation that is congressionally funded to implement Internet safety programs in grades K-12 and community outreach/youth empowerment campaigns nationwide. With Symantec's help, I-Safe is working to combat the widespread victimization of young people on the Internet.
"Symantec is delighted to take part in the first-ever National Internet Safety Month with I-Safe America," said Steve Cullen, Senior Vice President of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "Online threats continue to plague the Internet and with more children using computers, kids are becoming susceptible targets for Internet crime. National Internet Safety Month calls for a proactive approach to arm parents, kids and educators with the skills and tools that children need to be safe online."
During National Internet Safety Month and thereafter, parents can visit Symantec Security Check (www.symantec.com/securitycheck), a free service designed to help computer users understand and remedy their computer's exposure to online security intrusions and virus threats that affect every member of the family who uses the computer, including children. On Symantec's Web site, parents can also learn how to stop hackers and viruses, as well as how software tools like Norton Internet Security 2003 can help keep their children safe from Internet threats like inappropriate Web sites, cyber predators, spam email and privacy invasions.
"With more than 48 million American children under the age of 17 using computers every day, safety is a major issue. Although kids are sophisticated users of technology, one out of five is victimized by unsolicited sexual content and online predators. Additionally, children are being targeted to participate in illegal activities through spam emails, chat rooms and inappropriate Web sites," said Teri Schroeder, founder and chief executive officer of I-Safe. "Internet crime is preventable and that's why it is vital that everyone gets involved in National Internet Safety Month."
In support of National Internet Safety Month, Home Depot has also joined forces with I-Safe to help keep the nation's youth safe online. All Home Depot stores will distribute yellow wristbands that represent the victims of Internet-related crimes and serve as a reminder to be safe online. The wristbands are imprinted with the I-Safe slogan, "I am the key to building a safer USA." The wristbands will be available at no charge during the month of June at Home Depot stores nationwide.
About I-Safe America
Founded in 1998, I-Safe America is an Internet safety education foundation with major emphasis on empowering kids and teens with the knowledge of how to act responsibly and be safe online. The I-Safe foundation stands for the principle that all online users should act responsibly and be accountable for their actions while traveling the information highway. For more information on I-Safe's Safe School Education Initiative and Community Outreach Program, go to www.isafe.org or call the I-Safe corporate headquarters at 760-603-7911.
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