SOURCE: i-SAFE America

July 13, 2007 06:00 ET

Miss New Jersey Joins i-SAFE in Raising Awareness About Internet Safety

Blackmail Sparked by Personal Web Page Drives Commitment to Spreading Message

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2007) - Scorched by scandal ignited by an online blackmail attempt aimed at the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo joins i-SAFE, the leader in Internet safety education, to raise awareness about victimization of children on the Internet.

"Amy is a very courageous young woman," says i-SAFE CEO and Program Director Teri Schroeder. "Online victimization like bullying, predation, even child pornography is far too common on the Internet. Amy's celebrity will have an impact on students and parents as she raises awareness about these disturbing online issues."

Amy's year-long Internet safety campaign with i-SAFE will include being featured in Public Service Announcements (PSA) for broadcast on radio and television stations nationwide, classroom visits in New Jersey, conducting i-SAFE Parent Programs and community events, and to represent i-SAFE in regional, state-wide, and national lobbying activities for Internet safety legislation.

"I chose Internet safety as my platform issue because I want to help young people after I saw a relative victimized on the Internet," says Polumbo. "I now know first-hand how easy it is for someone to take advantage of others online. Together with i-SAFE, I will work to reach as many people as I possibly can, to educate them about the dangers on the Internet, so they can make the right choices online and be safe." As a teenager, Amy's cousin became a victim to cyber bullies after she joined groups on social networking sites that enticed her into using drugs.

The latest data from i-SAFE's National Assessment Center (NAC) online surveys of 5th through 8th graders indicate nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of students use the Internet to meet new people. Of those students 12 percent say they have shared their first name with their new friend; 3 percent have revealed their last name, 13 percent shared their gender, 7 percent told their new friend their age, 2 percent shared their telephone number, and 1 percent revealed their home address. In addition, 11 percent of students said that they have met someone from the Internet in person.

Amy grew up in Howell Township, New Jersey. With a great aptitude for helping others, she was actively involved with her school and community. She also performed in over 50 theatrical shows throughout her state, her favorite being "Maria" in West Side Story. She attends Wagner College in New York, where she is pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre with a minor in Psychology. Amy is a member of Actor's Equity Association, and recently fulfilled a contract with Walt World Disney Entertainment, where she performed live as "Ariel" in Voyage of the Little Mermaid at MGM Studios.

About i-SAFE Inc.

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and empower students, parents, seniors, and community members to safely and responsibly take control of their Internet experiences. i-SAFE provides knowledge that will enable them to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful online behavior, and to respond appropriately. This is accomplished through dynamic K through 12 curriculum and community-outreach programs to students, parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. i-SAFE is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements.

i-SAFE Inc. is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. i-SAFE 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:
    Erica Carlson
    Public Relations Manager
    Phone: (619) 446-6538
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