SOURCE: Symantec

December 14, 2007 00:00 ET

Symantec's Commitment to Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - December 14, 2007) - Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) is committed to keeping kids safe and secure on the Internet, which is why we launched the Norton Family Online Safety Initiative. Our goal is to educate as many parents and teachers as possible about how they can protect kids while they are on the Internet. We're also reaching out directly to kids.


  • Reaching Out to Parents, Teachers and Kids Throughout North America: Throughout 2007, we crisscrossed the continent with iKeepSafe, a non-profit committed to Internet safety, exploring the role the Internet and other technologies play in children's personal, school and family lives.

  • Key Experts Share Their Knowledge: Symantec's Internet Safety Advocate Marian Merritt and partners from iKeepSafe, including former Utah First Lady Jacalyn Leavitt, met with students, teachers and parents as part of a grassroots effort to increase awareness of Internet safety.

  • Topics that Matter Most: We discussed hot topics like cyber-bullying, cyber-predators and risks associated with social networking.

  • Norton's Classroom on Wheels: Helping us drive home the message of Internet safety was an interactive classroom on wheels - literally an 18-wheeler! - stocked with information and advice on how to keep safe and secure when using the latest technologies.


We closed out our 2007 program today with a special event at the Crestwood-Edison Elementary School in Las Vegas with Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons, who announced an "Internet Safety Challenge." This challenge encourages Nevada's computer and technology teachers to integrate Internet safety education programming in elementary school curriculum. During this event, we honored Gibbons, a coalition member, with the Internet Keep Safe Award for her efforts towards keeping kids safe online. Symantec also awarded a $5,000 grant to the Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA), a strong supporter of Internet safety, to help teachers embrace this challenge and roll out the "Faux Paw the Techno Cat™" Internet safety program in the Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district in the nation.


  • What is It?: The Faux Paw 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. The program consists of children's books and animated DVDs, as well as online tutorials for students, parents and educators.

  • Who's Behind It?: Symantec sponsored the creation of the Faux Paw program, which was developed by Penn State Dept. of Education, D.A.R.E. and iKeepSafe.

  • Where Do I Get More Info?: To learn more about Faux Paw and watch video tutorials, visit


Marian Merritt, Symantec Internet Safety Advocate

"We need to bridge the gap between adults, many of whom have little or no familiarity with the Internet, and their cyber-savvy children, many of whom were reaching for the computer mouse at the same time they were reaching for their sippy cups. By talking with students, teachers and parents about issues of Internet safety, we hope to encourage open, honest dialogue about the threats and benefits of the Internet."

Vicki Cichon, CCMSA Internet Safety Program Chair

"The Clark County Medical Society Alliances believes online safety for Nevada's children is a serious issue and one the members of the Alliance can assist in addressing. We are especially excited about the opportunity to expand the Faux Paw program into schools, as it provides a valuable resource for teachers and gives our members the opportunity for hands-on work within the community."


About 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 more than 40 countries. More information is available at

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 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 and resources for teachers. To preview the Faux Paw film, go to

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