SOURCE: Symantec

November 08, 2007 07:55 ET

iKeepSafe Honors Chicago Mayor Richard Daley With the Internet Keep Safe Award

Media Invited to Attend the "Norton Connected & Protected Kids' Assembly" on Internet Safety; Symantec and iKeepSafe to Award Grant to Reading Is Fundamental for Rollout of Internet Safety Program in Chicago Schools

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - In conjunction with iKeepSafe and Reading Is Fundamental, Symantec is bringing the "Norton Connected & Protected Mobile Tour" to Chicago on November 8. More than 100 elementary students will participate in a special Kids' Assembly hosted by iKeepSafe and Symantec's Internet Safety Advocate, Marian Merritt, to learn how to stay safe online. Event highlights include:

--  iKeepSafe and Symantec honoring Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, with the
    Internet Keep Safe Award for his efforts in keeping children safe online.
--  Symantec and iKeepSafe awarding a grant to Reading Is Fundamental for
    the rollout of the "Faux Paw the Techno Cat™" Internet Safety Program in
    Chicago schools.  The curriculum, developed by Penn State Dept. of
    Education and iKeepSafe, is based on the "Faux Paw the Techno Cat" series
    of children's books and animated films, sponsored in partnership with
    Symantec.
--  Students learning the story of Faux Paw the Techno Cat, the curious,
    Web-surfing cat who teaches kids how to keep safe online.  The Faux Paw™
    costume character will be on hand to bring the story to life for students.
--  Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt exploring the role
    the Internet plays in students' school and family lives during an
    interactive Q&A.  Topics include cyber-bullying, social networks, and
    warning signs to watch out for when online.
--  Students touring the "Connected and Protected Mobile Tour," a tractor-
    trailer-sized Internet classroom with stations and games dedicated to
    raising awareness of Internet safety.
    

Where: Manierre Elementary
       1420 North Hudson Avenue
       Chicago, IL 60610

When:  Thursday, November 8, 2007
       Media arrivals, set-up and pre-interviews:  10:00-10:30 a.m.
       Press event: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Chicago Mayor Richard Daley
--  Jackie Leavitt, former first lady of Utah and iKeepSafe founder
    (iKeepSafe.org)
--  Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec
--  Dina Horwitz, Reading Is Fundamental
    

In-studio interviews requests with broadcast media may also be arranged; please call with your request.

If you cannot make it to the kids' assembly, please visit the Norton Connected & Protected Truck Nov. 10 & 11 at Staples, 2484 N. Elston Ave. @ Fullerton, Chicago, IL, 60647.

More on the Internet Keep Safe Coalition www.iKeepSafe.org

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition(SM) group works to give parents and educators the information and tools that empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet. Governors, first spouses and attorneys general formed this Coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention and law enforcement agencies, foundations, and corporate sponsors. Internet Keep Safe Coalition(sm) resources for parents and educators include the Faux Paw™ Internet Safety Series (children's books and animated films), Community Action Tools (presentations for parents and students), and educational curriculum and resources for teachers. To preview the Faux Paw film, go to iKeepSafe.org.

More on Symantec

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