SOURCE: Symantec

June 13, 2007 08:00 ET

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Hosts IKeepSafe Press Conference Honoring Senator Craig (R-ID) and Congressman Dingell (D-MI) for Their Efforts in Promoting Internet Safety

The US Senate Has Declared June Internet Safety Month

CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - June 13, 2007) - Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC)


--  Awardee Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
--  Awardee Congressman John Dingell (D-MI)
--  Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson whose personal platform is "Protecting
    Children on the Internet"
--  Jacalyn Leavitt, founder of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and
    Utah's first lady from 1993-2003
--  Marsali Hancock, President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
--  Marian Merritt, Internet Safety Advocate for Symantec, the leader in
    Internet security

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, working in partnership with Symantec, and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition will present awards to Senator Craig for co-sponsoring the US Senate declaration of June as National Internet Security Safety Month and Congressman Dingell for his active involvement in the Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006.


The Internet is an exciting, eye-opening place for children, but it has more than its fair share of potential pitfalls, like inappropriate content, downloadable programs secretly laced with malicious code, and even stalkers and predators. There are also lesser-known hazards like cyberbullying, where someone uses his or her cool digital device to send or post messages or images intended to hurt or embarrass someone. More than 40 percent of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying over the last year, and for teenage girls, the number is even higher.

Please join us to raise awareness of this very important issue.


U.S. Capitol Building, Cannon Caucus Room (media credentials required)


Wednesday, June 20, 2007
2:30 p.m. ET - Media check-in and set-up
3:00 p.m. ET - Conference commences
3:45 p.m. ET - Interviews granted
--  Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson -- Miss America is committed to
    encouraging children to practice precautions online and recently went
    undercover in a sting operation with America's Most Wanted to apprehend
    online child predators.  Symantec, the leader in Internet security, is the
    official sponsor for Internet Safety for Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson.
--  Jacalyn Leavitt -- As President of IKeepSafe, Jacalyn can discuss a
    variety of issues facing kids online.
--  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
More on the Internet Keep Safe Coalition

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in school. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.

More on the Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more then $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.

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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

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