State unveils program to promote Internet safety
Updated: April 7, 2008 05:05 PM
Kevin Rader/Eyewitness News
Statehouse – The state wants to make the Internet safer for Indiana students and families.
The state’s superintendent for public instruction, Dr. Sue Ellen Reed, announced a $100,000 campaign to increase Internet safety. The program includes student-led programs in high schools and a series of public service announcements that will begin airing later this month. The commercials will focus on everything from cyber bullies to Internet predators to viruses and hate web sites.
“The Internet is a wonderful educational resource for our students, but we all need to be more aware of the dangers that come with it,” said Reed. “This student-led campaign will help to increase Internet safety for students and families across Indiana.”
The campaign is titled “The Ten Most Important Things To Know About The Internet” and is sponsored by Brighthouse Networks.
“Since 2003, over 700 students have served as volunteers and together we have done great things. We have purchased thousands of computers in an EPA compliant and environmentally friendly manner,” said Brebeuf senior Brian Kelley. “We have helped enhanced computer access for over 70 thousand individuals in four state by donating computers in over 200 locations. Students have taught senior citizens in internet skills in intergenerational program. Since 2006, as an example, 30 Northwest High School Students, more than a dozen of which are here today, have invited senior citizens into their schools to teach them computer and Internet skills after school.”
The state says many people are not aware of the dangers on the Internet. The program will better equip people to navigate the web safely.