SOURCE: i-SAFE America

July 31, 2006 18:32 ET

i-SAFE and Neighborhood Networks Partner to Bring Internet Safety to Communities Nationwide

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 31, 2006 --i-SAFE Inc., the leader in Internet safety education, has partnered with Neighborhood Networks, which ensures technology access for residents of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) insured and assisted housing, to bring Internet safety education and community-outreach programs to Neighborhood Networks centers and communities nationwide. In urban centers and rural towns across America, 1,200 Neighborhood Networks centers are putting the power of technology in the hands of low- and moderate-income people. And now, for the first time, these individuals and families will have access to i-SAFE programs, expertise, and training at each center to help them navigate the Internet safely and to promote cyber safe communities.

"We recognize the importance of keeping our families updated with the latest technology tools and resources," said a HUD representative. "However, it's vital to provide them with the knowledge to keep their online experiences safe. Neighborhood Networks is proud to join i-SAFE in making it easy and convenient for families to learn about Internet safety."

Kicking off the partnership, i-SAFE will conduct i-PARENT trainings to educate Neighborhood Networks parents and guardians about Internet safety through i-SAFE's Virtual Training Academy (http://vta.isafe.org) on Aug. 2, 2006. The Virtual Training Academy kick-off training event will be held during "Neighborhood Networks Week," which recognizes the vital role neighbors play in strengthening communities. Neighborhood Networks centers in 14 states and the District of Columbia will be participating in this live, online Virtual Training Academy kick-off training event.

"We are excited to join Neighborhood Networks in building safer communities and online communities," said i-SAFE president and CEO Teri Schroeder. "Protecting children from online crimes and victimization requires a community-wide commitment; our partnership promotes Internet safety among families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors."

According to a recent National Assessment Center (NAC) survey of 52,000 students, 32.6% of kids do not discuss Internet safety with their parents. i-SAFE provides busy parents with the tools and training needed to help educate and protect their children online through the Virtual Training Academy and i-LEARN Online (http://ilearn.isafe.org). These two i-SAFE Internet safety programs are available anywhere through any computer with Internet access.

The Virtual Training Academy offers live, interactive online training for those who prefer attending sessions without leaving their homes or Neighborhood Networks centers. i-LEARN Online is even more flexible than the Virtual Training Academy -- it's an "on-demand" Internet safety education system that allows users to be trained at any time.

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.

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