SOURCE: Symantec

October 29, 2007 06:57 ET

iKeepSafe Hosts Assembly to Honor Attorney General Douglas Gansler With the Internet Keep Safe Award

Symantec and iKeepSafe to Award Grant to the Alliance to MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society for Internet Safety Program in Maryland Grade Schools

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - In conjunction with iKeepSafe and the Alliance to MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society, Symantec is bringing the "Norton Connected & Protected Mobile Tour" to Dr. Nathan A. Pitts Ashburton Elementary/Middle School on October 29. 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 Attorney General Douglas Gansler with
    the Internet Keep Safe Award for his efforts in keeping children safe
    online.
    
--  Symantec and iKeepSafe awarding a grant to the Alliance to MedChi, the
    Maryland State Medical Society for the rollout of the "Faux Paw the Techno
    Cat" Internet Safety Program in Baltimore City 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:  Dr. Nathan A. Pitts Ashburton Elementary/Middle School
        3935 Hilton Rd.
        Baltimore, MD 21215

When:  Monday, October 29, 2007
       Media arrivals, set-up and pre-interviews: 9:30 a.m.
       Press event start time: 10:00 a.m.

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Attorney General Douglas Gansler
--  Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec
--  Jackie Leavitt, former first lady of Utah and iKeepSafe founder
    (iKeepSafe.org)
--  Debby Nagel, President, Alliance to MedChi, the Maryland State Medical
    Society
--  Howard Steptoe, Chief Technology Officer for Baltimore City Public
    Schools
    


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 Oct. 27 & 28 at Staples, 6225 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia, Md., 21045.

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

The Internet Keep Safe Coalitionsm 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 Coalitionsm 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

Symantec is a global leader in infrastructure software, enabling businesses and consumers to have confidence in a connected world. The company helps customers protect their infrastructure, information, and interactions by delivering software and services that address risks to security, availability, compliance, and performance. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

More on the Alliance to MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

The Alliance is a statewide volunteer network of physicians' spouses which promotes educational and charitable projects for the health and welfare of all people, advocates for the interest of both medical providers and patients, and works throughout communities and schools in support of family health and safety initiatives. For more information, visit www.amaalliance.org and www.medchi.org.

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