SOURCE: Symantec

December 11, 2007 07:55 ET

iKeepSafe and Symantec Host Norton Connected & Protected Kids' Assembly to Honor Texas First Lady Anita Perry

iKeepSafe Initiates Implementation of Internet Safety Program in Austin Schools

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a national non-profit organization committed to Internet safety, today honored Texas First Lady Anita Perry with the Internet Keep Safe Award for her efforts towards keeping Austin's children safe online. Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt presented the award to Perry at a "Norton Connected & Protected Kids' Assembly" attended by more than 100 students, parents and teachers of Pease Elementary. Additionally, iKeepSafe introduced the "Faux Paw the Techno Cat" Internet safety program for rollout in Austin schools.

As First Lady, Perry is focused on improving the education and literacy of Texans. She has been honored by the Girls and Boys Town of San Antonio for her positive impact on youth, and annually participates in the international scholastic reading campaign. Most recently, Perry served as a U.S. ambassador of reading during the Read for 2007 program and served as a former national co-chair of the Scholastic Read for 2005 initiative.

The Faux Paw Internet safety curriculum was developed by Penn State Dept. of Education, D.A.R.E., and iKeepSafe and was sponsored by Symantec. Consisting of children's books and animated DVDs, the program was created specifically for elementary school children and follows the adventures of Faux Paw the Techno Cat, a curious, Web-surfing cat who teaches kids how to keep safe online. Online tutorials for teachers and parents covering topics such as social networking, cyberbullying and general tips about how to keep kids safe online are also available as part of the curriculum from iKeepSafe and Symantec. The Faux Paw Internet safety program will roll out in Austin schools starting next year.

"Anita Perry's efforts, along with the school's programs, are critical to keeping children safe online," said Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate with Symantec. "Symantec is thrilled to partner with iKeepSafe to support the efforts of these organizations."

Parents can visit the Norton Family Resource Center Web site ( to get additional information on Internet safety and see when the Norton Connected and Protected Mobile Tour will come to their town.

About 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 more than 40 countries. More information is available at

About the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors, first spouses or attorneys general from all 50 states, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, the NEA, National PTA and corporate sponsors, dedicated to keeping children safe online. The Coalition provides parent tutorials and educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cat™ Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. Coalition materials are distributed throughout the United States with pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.

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