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Connecticut Protects Kids Online

Stephanie Reich: Monday, May 5th, 2008 | 10:00 am

Last month, I had the privilege of working with the Office of the Lt. Governor for the State of Connecticut in coordinating an extremely successful Connected and Protected Kids Assembly for 150 3-5th graders at Kendall Elementary School in Norwalk, Connecticut. Assemblies like this one in Norwalk, allow the Symantec Public Affairs team to give back to the communities with which Symantec works. Symantec's own Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt and Faux Paw the Cat participated in the assembly along with Lt. Governor Michael Fedele, Norwalk Mayor Moccia, State Representative Larry Cafero, and State Senator Bob Duff. At the Assembly, Lieutenant Governor Fedele was honored by IKeepSafe for his efforts in addressing Internet safety and awareness for children. His commitment to keeping Connecticut children safe online has also been demonstrated by uploading some of Symantec's tool-kits to his very own website! Also during the assembly, Symantec's Corporate Philanthropy program also awarded a $5000 grant to the Norwalk PTA in order to implement an online safety curriculum in Norwalk Public Schools.

Watching the Lt. Governor sit on the floor and read Faux Paw The Techno Cat: Adventures in the Internet has been one of my most rewarding experiences working at Symantec. The Lt. Governor made the experience for the students all the more fun and exciting. His voices and animation should be nominated for an Academy Award!

Faux Paw's adventures help students learn how to be safe online. Faux Paw's adventures take her from the Lieutenant Governor's Office where she lives to an Internet site where she thought she was chatting with a friend—Happy Fluffy Kittyface. Well this "friend" asked Faux Paw to meet on the Capitol grounds and when she did, it turned out that Happy Fluffy Kittyface…… well, I don't want to ruin it!

In the meantime, I invite you to check out http://www.symantec.com/norton/familyresources/index.jsp to learn how to keep kids safe online. You can also find out what happens to Faux Paw!