SOURCE: Symantec Corp.

September 04, 2007 07:00 ET

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

iKeepSafe and Symantec Honor Connecticut Department of Education Associate Commissioner Frances Rabinowitz With Internet Keep Safe Award for Her Efforts to Keep Children Safe Online

HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - September 4, 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
    Interactive)
--  Victims of online harassment are three times more likely to exhibit
    symptoms of major depression (Cyber Psychology and Behavior)
    

What:

To present Connecticut Department of Education Associate Commissioner Frances Rabinowitz with the Internet Keep Safe Award and address concerns about Internet safety at a Kids' Assembly hosted in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of New Britain. 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 visit; what kids fear about the Internet; and what kids are sharing on social networking sites.

Event Visuals:

--  iKeepSafe awarding Connecticut Department of Education and Associate
    Commissioner Frances Rabinowitz with the Internet Keep Safe Award for her
    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
    

Where:
   Boys & Girls Club of New Britain
   150 Washington Street
   New Britain, CT 06051

When:
   THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2007
   3:15 - 4:15 p.m. - Kids' Assembly with Connecticut Department of
                      Education Associate Commissioner Frances Rabinowitz
      4:15 - 6 p.m. - Kids of Boys & Girls Club of New Britain tour the
                      "Connected & Protected Mobile Tour" classroom

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Frances Rabinowitz - Associate Commissioner, Connecticut Department of
    Education
--  Marsali Hancock - President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
--  Marian Merritt - Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec
    

                             Media Contacts
  Please RSVP to Noah Edwardsen at (323) 317-9893 or noahe@carryonpr.com
On-site Media Contact: Julie Mathis, (310) 428-5305 or juliem@carryonpr.com

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, 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 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.

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.

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