SOURCE: i-SAFE America

June 01, 2005 06:00 ET

Internet Predators Do Not Take 'Summer Vacation'

June Is National Internet Safety Month

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2005 -- Families may hurry to their vacation destinations, but online safety issues do not take a break and neither do Internet predators. The United States Congress has designated June 2005 Internet Safety Month and i-SAFE America, a leading non-profit Internet safety foundation, is moving full-force to educate more children and teens about the dangers of the Internet.

"We want to remind people that Internet safety is an issue year-round and that precautionary measures must be taken before students truly become cyber savvy," Schroeder said. "Children and teens are smart, but they can also be naïve."

The 109th Congress used i-SAFE's newly updated statistics in Senate Resolution 147. These statistics reveal that 73% of students say there is a need for Internet safety education.

"Awareness is a constant battle and this is a huge step in bringing Internet safety education out of the shadows and shining the spotlight on this important issue," said Braden Lay, i-SAFE director of Government Affairs. "We're very appreciative of Congress' efforts."

i-SAFE has worked with educators, law enforcement and community members to bring their revolutionary program to over 800,000 students in all 50 states to date.

i-SAFE offers simple safety tips for parents and students on their website, www.isafe.org, including the following:

STUDENTS

--  Always remember, responsible adults do not pursue relationships with
    kids and teens.
--  Guard your identifying information (name, sex, age, address, school,
    teams). Make your username and online profile generic and anonymous.
--  Posting your picture on the Internet gives hackers the chance to
    doctor your picture and make fun of you to everyone on the World Wide Web.
--  Know the rules about Intellectual Property. Do not illegally download
    music and movies.
    
PARENTS
--  Always keep your child's computer in an open area. Never allow a
    computer with Internet access in your child's bedroom.
--  Educate yourself on the ins and outs of the Internet.
--  Communicate. There is no better tool to bridge the Digital Divide.
--  Talk to your child about online dangers. Let them know you are there
    to help them get out of a bad situation.
    
"These tips may sound simple, but as stories surface daily about yet another Internet predator trolling the Web for their next victim, it becomes increasingly important to review them," Schroeder said. "Post them next to the family computer. Hang them on the refrigerator or another heavy-traffic spot in the house, but make sure everyone in the family knows them and follows them."

About i-SAFE America

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE America Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. i-SAFE accomplishes this through dynamic K-12 curriculum and community outreach programs to parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. It is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements. www.isafe.org

i-SAFE America Inc. is designated a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. i-SAFE America Inc. is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.

Contact Information

  • i-SAFE Media Contact:
    Brook Larios
    Public Relations Manager
    Phone: (760) 603-7911, ext. 31
    Email: blarios@isafe.org