January 26, 2007 11:03 ET

i-SAFE Celebrates Safer Internet Day 2007

Hundreds of Students Across the World Raise Awareness About Internet Safety

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 26, 2007 -- i-SAFE Inc., a world leader in Internet safety education, will join 40 other countries to celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on February 6, 2007 to raise awareness about Internet safety. The event is organized by European Schoolnet, coordinator of Insafe, the European safer internet network ( Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for the Information Society and Media is once again patron of Safer Internet Day, as in the past two years.

The highlight of the day will be a worldwide blogathon, which will reach Australia on February 6 and progress westward through the day to finish up in the USA and Canada. Following the huge success encountered in 2006, this year's blogathon goes one step further to include the voices of hundreds of youngsters. In the framework of a competition launched in October 2006, more than 200 schools in 25 countries across the globe have been working in pairs, using technology to cross geographical borders, to create internet safety awareness material on one of three themes: e-privacy, netiquette, and power of image. On Safer Internet Day, all of the projects they have produced will be uploaded to the blogathon.

i-SAFE has been instrumental in forming one such team and documenting its progress. Students from Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky have been collaborating on a project with their counterparts at Semley Primary School in southern England. i-SAFE videotaped the students during the process to produce a brief video documentary that will accompany the team's blogathon project.

The 4 prize-winning teams in the competition will be announced when the blogathon opens to well over 100 organizations waiting on the starting block to add their postings on this year's theme, Crossing borders.

To find out more about young people's use of the Internet and mobile phones, Insafe has been collecting data over the past two months through an online survey ( Preliminary results will be made available on Safer Internet Day along with a wealth of other information tailored to the needs of not only media but also parents, teachers and youngsters in an online media room specially set up at to mark the event.

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 professionals, and community leaders. i-SAFE is the only Internet safety foundation in the USA to combine these elements.

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 Media Contact:
    Jeff Godlis
    Director of Communications
    Phone: (760) 603-7911 ext. 39
    E-Mail: Email Contact