SOURCE: Symantec Corp.

September 18, 2007 07:00 ET

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

iKeepSafe and Symantec Honor North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper With Internet Keep Safe Award for His Efforts to Keep Children Safe Online

WINSTON-SALEM, NC--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) -


What:

To present Attorney General Cooper 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 Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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 Attorney General Roy Cooper with the Internet Keep
    Safe Award for his efforts promoting Internet safety
--  Kids asking questions about Internet safety
--  Kids touring the highly visual "Connected & 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:

The Salvation Army International Boys & Girls Club
2850 New Walkertown Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105

When:

Wednesday, September 19
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. - Kids' Assembly with Attorney General Roy Cooper
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Kids of Boys & Girls Club of Winston-Salem tour the
"Connected & Protected Mobile Tour" classroom

Why:

--  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)
    

Media interviews will be available with the following:

--  Attorney General Roy Cooper
--  Marsali Hancock - President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
--  Marian Merritt - Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec
    

If you are unable to attend this particular event, the "Connected & Protected" tour will visit Wal-Mart at 10050 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, NC 27617 on the following dates:

--  Fri., Sep. 21: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
--  Sat., Sep. 22: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
--  Sun., Sep. 23: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
    

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, 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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