SOURCE: Symantec

July 16, 2007 09:00 ET

iKeepSafe Hosts "Connected & Protected" Assembly With Boys & Girls Club to Address Internet Safety

iKeepSafe and Symantec Honor Colorado Attorney General John Suthers With Internet Keep Safe Award for His Efforts Keeping Children Safe Online

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) -

Important Facts about Children and the Internet:

--  55% of online teens have profiles online -- of these, 79% included
    photos of themselves; 66% included photos of friends (Pew)
--  56% of teens receive requests for personal information; 12% of tweens
    (8-12) (Polly Klaas Foundation, 2006)
--  54% frequently have private conversations with online strangers
    through instant messaging; 10% of tweens (ibid.)
--  32% of teens report being cyberbullied in the last year (Harris
--  Victims of online harassment are three times more likely to exhibit
    symptoms of major depression (Cyber Psychology and Behavior)


To address concerns about Internet safety, iKeepSafe and Internet security leader Symantec is hosting a Kids Assembly in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. This event will explore the role the Internet and other technologies play in kids' personal, school and family lives, including: how kids use the Internet; which Web sites kids they visit; what kids fear about the Internet; and what kids are sharing on social networking sites.

Event Visuals:

--  iKeepSafe awarding Attorney General Suthers with the Internet Keep
    Safe Award for his efforts promoting Internet safety
--  Kids asking questions about Internet safety
--  Kids touring the "Connected and Protected" bus, a tractor-trailer-
    sized Internet classroom with stations and games dedicated to raising
    awareness of Internet safety
--  iKeepSafe costume character mascot, "Faux Paw the Techno Cat,"
    interacting with kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver, George M. Wilfley Branch
4595 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211

1-2 p.m. - Kids' Assembly with Colorado Attorney General John Suthers
2-3 p.m. - Kids of Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver tour the "Connected &
Protected Mobile Tour" classroom

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Colorado Attorney General John Suthers
--  Marsali Hancock - President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
--  Marian Merritt - Symantec's Internet safety advocate will provide
    insight on the issues of cyberbullying, social networking and cyber
    predators; she works with iKeepSafe to create tutorials for parents and

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the "Connected and Protected" tour will visit other locations in your city:

--  CompUSA, Friday, July 20, 2007, 9230 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO
    80031, 10:30am-6:30pm
--  CompUSA, Saturday, July 21, 2007, 9230 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO
    80031, 10:30am-6:30pm

Media may contact us to set up a time to learn more about Internet safety and tour our roving Internet safety classroom.

More on the Internet Keep Safe Coalition

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition 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 and/or first spouses 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 for teachers.

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