SOURCE: i-SAFE Inc.

March 14, 2008 12:00 ET

i-SAFE Leads in California e-Safety Education

101,503 California Students Are Trained to Be Safe and Responsible Online

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2008) - The i-SAFE e-Safety curriculum taught in 462 public and private California schools is having a demonstrably favorable impact on the online lives of students across the state. More than nine out of ten (91%) of the students completing online surveys after i-SAFE lessons reported they can see and stay away from dangerous things on the Internet. Similarly, 87% of students say they will now be more careful about sharing personal information in chat rooms or e-mails. And three-quarters (75%) say they are less likely to meet someone from the Internet in person.* The i-SAFE Safe Schools Initiative is the first national e-Safety program approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

i-SAFE is projected to reach more than 369,000 California students by the end of 2008, or 4% of the entire California student population. "School districts throughout the state have recognized the need for e-Safety lessons in their classrooms, and they are choosing the leading program in i-SAFE," says former California state senator Liz Figueroa who is a member of the Board of Directors of the i-SAFE Foundation. "We continue to call on the legislature to require e-Safety education and programming for all K-12 classrooms. In the absence of that, districts need to include i-SAFE into their plans."

Led by Dr. Darline P. Robles, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the largest intermediate educational agency in the United States. LACOE has taken the lead on e-Safety education and has partnered with i-SAFE to provide no-cost curriculum to schools, teacher training and certification, as well as professional development for Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) coaches. "LACOE and its CTAP 11 team are providing teachers and administrators the knowledge and tools to effectively allow their students to explore the Internet and utilize technology safety and responsibly," said Raymond Chavez, director of LACOE's Instructional Technology Outreach division and CTAP 11.

The i-SAFE Program (www.isafe.org) has now reached 4.5 million students across the United States. It 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. Strategic partnerships help i-SAFE raise awareness beyond the classroom in California.

i-SAFE in California:

--  i-SAFE conducts statewide trainings of California Technology
    Assistance Project (CTAP). More than 300 CTAP educators have been trained.
    
--  The California Department of Consumer Affairs calls on i-SAFE to
    provide resources and programmatic material to include in presentations to
    raise awareness in communities.
    
--  Two Youth Summits for Online Safety (YSOS), held in San Diego and Los
    Angeles, challenged more than a thousand students to be responsible online
    citizens. The day-long events featured experts, celebrity guests and
    empowerment activities for students. "First, the i-SAFE program raises
    awareness and gives students the tools to be safe and responsible online,"
    says actor/director Robert Davi, i-SAFE National Spokesperson who headlined
    the Los Angeles YSOS. "Students are then empowered to be ambassadors of e-
    Safety, to spread awareness to their parents and throughout their
    communities."
    

Robert Davi has been a key advocate for i-SAFE since its inception and he's instrumental in bringing the program to national prominence. His close work with the FBI has been valuable in forming partnerships for i-SAFE with law enforcement agencies. He was honored as the 2000 Man of the Year by the Los Angeles FBI. Interestingly, he played the part of an FBI agent for 5 seasons on the NBC TV hit series "Profiler" and in the hit movie "Die Hard." "The Dukes," a film he directs and co-stars with Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich, and Melora Harden, has received 9 critic's awards at major US and International film festivals. Davi's next film role is in a comedy co-starring Jon Voight and James Woods that's due out this fall.

*2005-'06 NAC post-assessments from California students

About i-SAFE Inc.

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE Inc. is the leader in e-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 e-Safety foundation 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. www.isafe.org

Contact Information

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    Jeff Godlis
    i-SAFE Director of Communications
    (760) 603-7911 ext. 39
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