SOURCE: i-SAFE America

January 27, 2006 08:00 ET

New Partnership Aims to Teach 1.7M Students 'Net Safety

i-SAFE America and the Los Angeles County Office of Education Will Educate All Students

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 27, 2006 -- Every student in the Los Angeles County school system will have the opportunity to learn safe and responsible Internet use by next year. An innovative partnership between i-SAFE America and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) brings the internationally recognized i-SAFE Safe Schools Program to the largest intermediate educational system in the United States. The program is part of a California-wide rollout sponsored, in part, by Microsoft.

"Students seem ready to begin their online learning adventures at younger and younger ages," said Dr. Darline P. Robles, Ph.D., superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools. "But along with the vast educational resources come potential dangers and pitfalls. With i-SAFE, we at the Los Angeles County Office of Education are providing students the knowledge and tools to explore the Internet safely and responsibly. The i-SAFE resources will be presented to teachers, parents, administrators, and school board members to ensure that our students use their new knowledge to navigate technology in a safe environment."

A recent survey by i-SAFE's National Assessment Center (NAC) revealed 73 percent of students admitted there was a need for Internet safety education in school. i-SAFE's age-appropriate K through 12 curriculum fills the void voiced by students and extends learning to the community. It is the only Internet safety program available that incorporates community outreach and youth empowerment in education-based materials.

"In order to take advantage of the Internet's potential as an educational tool, we must help make it safe for children and our communities," said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. "Microsoft is excited to support i-SAFE to raise awareness of the importance of online safety, so children can be equipped to make good choices and use the Internet more safely and securely."

i-SAFE designed its curriculum to foster active participation between students and instructors through classroom discussions and cooperative group-learning activities. In classes without computers, the interactive nature of physical-world activities reinforces the concept that the cyber world has real-world consequences.

"We pride ourselves on finding services and resources that eliminate educational barriers associated with poverty and racial divisiveness within education," said Sophia Waugh, an LACOE member. "i-SAFE's National Assessment Center has found some amazing information in their student surveys, not the least of which is the fact that students who go online behave the same no matter their race or their financial or social status. It is a state-of-the-art program that exhibits the quality and safety of online information/awareness our families demand and our students deserve."

i-SAFE is already in the process of training LACOE educators, and some schools are already teaching students the dynamic curriculum. As society becomes more reliant on computers and the Internet, the need for online safety curriculum is more vital than ever.

"We are reaching the first generation to grow up with the Internet, and we cannot afford to miss a single student anywhere," said Teri Schroeder, founder and CEO of i-SAFE. "This partnership will provide Internet safety education to every student in the LACOE system, regardless of wealth or race, by the end of 2006."

About LACOE

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), the largest intermediate educational agency in the United States, provides classroom instruction for specialized student populations, and programs and services to 80 K through 12 school districts and 1.7 million students in Los Angeles County.

About i-SAFE America

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE America Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. i-SAFE accomplishes this through dynamic K through 12 curriculum and community-outreach programs to parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. It is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements. www.isafe.org

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

Microsoft is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • i-SAFE Media Contact:
    Erica Carlson
    Public Relations Manager
    Phone: (760) 603-7911 Ext. 31
    E-mail: Email Contact