INDIANAPOLIS – July 26, 2007 – The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org) , a national non-profit organization committed to Internet safety, and Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC), the leader in Internet security, today presented Indiana’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed with the Internet Keep Safe Award for her efforts in keeping kids safe online. Reed was honored during a “Connected and Protected” kids’ assembly on Internet safety at the Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Reed has championed Internet safety issues with parents and teachers to safeguard children from the growing threat of Internet predators. Reed has also worked with iKeepSafe to provide copies of the children’s book and animated film, “Faux Paw’s Internet Adventures,” to every public elementary school and library in Indiana. The Faux Paw ™ story teaches children in a fun, non-threatening way the basics of Internet safety.
Symantec and iKeepSafe will continue the nationwide “Norton Connected and Protected Family Safety Initiative” throughout the summer by visiting schools, camps and community centers nationwide. During these events, the companies 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 18-wheel interactive classroom on wheels offers information and advice for staying safe when using the latest technologies. Through interactive tutorials, videos and hands-on demonstrations, families can learn more on 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. Cool videos and interactive games will 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.
Families 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 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.
As official sponsor of iKeepSafe, Symantec has partnered with the organization to create a series of online tutorials and other resources that are syndicated online and made available freely to businesses, educators and community-based organizations.