SOURCE: Symantec

March 25, 2008 13:29 ET

Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele Participates in iKeepSafe and Symantec's Norton Connected & Protected Kids' Assembly

NORWALK, CT--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, a national non-profit organization committed to Internet safety, invited Connecticut Lt. Governor, Michael Fedele, to participate in an Internet safety program and recognized him with the Internet Keep Safe Award for his efforts towards keeping Connecticut's children safe online. Symantec Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt presented the award to Fedele at a "Norton Connected & Protected Kids' Assembly" attended by more than 100 students, parents and teachers of Kendall Elementary.

Lt. Governor Fedele has spoken to numerous schoolchildren, both on location and while at the Capitol on field trips, encouraging them to learn to use a computer while also being aware of the dangers facing children. Governor M. Jodi Rell recently signed into a law a bill that increases penalties for child predators and establishes a new crime that requires a mandatory 25-year prison sentence for those who sexually abuse a child under thirteen.

"Being a business owner of a computer company, I understand the educational opportunities the internet offers, but as a parent I also understand the dangers," said Lt. Governor Fedele. "Being at Kendall Elementary School for this assembly is another opportunity to discuss Internet safety awareness with our children. I'm proud to be part of Governor Rell's efforts to bring awareness to such a serious safety issue. Governor Rell, the law enforcement community, the legal community and the legislature have worked tirelessly to protect our children from online predators."

The Faux Paw Internet safety curriculum was sponsored by Symantec and created in partnership with Penn State's Dept. of Education and a global team of educators. 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 help kids have a safe and healthy experience online are also available as part of the curriculum from iKeepSafe and Symantec.

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

Parents can visit the Norton Family Resources Web site ( for additional information on Internet safety.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. 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 and/or first spouses, attorneys general, public health and educational professionals, law enforcement and industry leaders working together for the health and safety of youth online. The coalition partners include the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Reading is Fundamental, and Communities in Schools. (For a complete list of partners, visit The coalition provides parent tutorials and age-appropriate educational resources, including the Faux Paw the Techno Cat ®Internet safety series of books and animated films for children. iKeepSafe uses these unique partnerships to disseminate the safety resources to families worldwide, including pilot programs launching this year in China, India and Australia.

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