SOURCE: i-SAFE, Inc.

November 15, 2007 06:00 ET

Congress Endorses i-SAFE Programs

U.S. House of Representatives Recognizes i-SAFE's Successes

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2007) - In a unanimous voice vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative, the i-SAFE Internet safety program was given a resounding bipartisan vote of confidence and continued government funding legislation. H.R. 4134 was passed, designating $25 million over the next 5 years for i-SAFE to remain the lead provider in educating and empowering our nation's youth about the safe and responsible use of the Internet. Representative Linda Sanchez (CA) introduced the Internet Crime Prevention Education Program Act.

"Representative Sanchez has recognized the need for Internet safety education, and her leadership has led to a commitment to cyber-safe schools, homes and communities," said i-SAFE President and Program Director Teri Schroeder in reaction to the House vote. i-SAFE, the worldwide leader in Internet safety education, will teach its sixth millionth student with its dynamic age-appropriate K-12 curriculum during this academic year. "It's a significant milestone made possible through congressional funding as well as the business community through forward-thinking industry partners who recognize the need to bring Internet safety awareness to the classroom," said Schroeder. i-SAFE would like to recognize a few of these industry leaders and their investments in the safety of children:

Microsoft Corporation and i-SAFE have teamed to produce the innovative i-LEARN Online training modules for educators (i-LEARN), students (i-Mentor Training Network), parents (i-PARENT), law enforcement (Operation i-SHIELD), and adults over the age of 50 (i-FIFTY +). The Microsoft/i-SAFE partnership also takes Internet safety directly to students through the inspirational Youth Summit for Online Safety. Microsoft and i-SAFE are now taking Internet safety/youth empowerment worldwide through the i-SAFE International initiative.

The rampant illegal activity over the Internet with regards to digital music has lead both the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) to team with i-SAFE. These partnerships have produced measurable awareness programs for third/fourth graders, middle and high school students, as well as adults, through dazzling student assemblies and parent videos.

The VeriSign/i-SAFE partnership resulted in the development and distribution of a first-of-its kind Internet age-verification device. With predators online posing as young children, the i-STIK ensures a safe and online environment for them.

Time Warner Cable, Yahoo, Verizon, and IBM have all turned to i-SAFE for video programming and other resources for their community outreach programs, to raise Internet safety awareness among parents, civic leaders and their employees. i-SAFE videos that take learning beyond the classroom include true-life documentaries, informative vignettes and animations; and now i-DRiVE TV, a 30-minute EDU-TAINMENT television show, is programming from i-SAFE that connects with the nation's wired youth in a unique and stimulating manner.

i-SAFE goes beyond simple Internet safety awareness found in other programs by featuring an innovative, interactive, student-centered curriculum for grades K-12. By integrating best practices in both teaching and learning, knowledge and skills are not only taught, but retained by students.

The i-SAFE Program blends classroom lessons with community outreach designed to foster active participation between students and their instructors, and empowers students to reach out to their peers through mentoring activities as well as to their parents and community members. "If kids cannot take advantage of all the wonderful benefits that the Internet has to offer because of predators, bullies, and scam artists, then they are being robbed of an opportunity to learn and grow, said Rep. Sanchez. "I introduced the Internet Crime Prevention Education Program Act because we cannot let the information super-highway become the information super-nightmare."

Now is the time to invest in the safety of children by investing in i-SAFE. Contact i-SAFE at tschroeder@isafe.org.

About i-SAFE Inc.

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and empower students, parents, seniors, and community members to safely and responsibly take control of their Internet experiences. i-SAFE provides knowledge that will enable them to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful online behavior, and to respond appropriately. This is accomplished through dynamic K through 12 curriculum and community-outreach programs to students, parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. i-SAFE is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements. www.isafe.org

i-SAFE Inc. is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. i-SAFE Inc. is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.

Contact Information

  • i-SAFE contact:
    Jeff Godlis
    Director of Communications
    (760) 603-7911 ext. 39
    e-mail: Email Contact