INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an effort to help Indiana parents and teachers safeguard students from the growing threat of Internet predators, ENA today said that it is providing a copy of “Faux Paw’s Adventures in the Internet” to every public elementary school and library in the state.
The book, created by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org), is designed to teach children the “Three Keeps” of basic Internet safety: to keep safe personal information; to keep away from ever meeting Internet strangers; and to keep telling parents about anything they see on the Internet that makes them uncomfortable. The message is told through the adventures of “Faux Paw, the Techno Cat.”
The announcement was made at a press conference today at Riverside Elementary Public School #44 in Indianapolis. ENA officials, who presented the books on behalf of Governor Mitch Daniels and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed, were joined by Marsali Hancock, President of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Kelli Thompson of the Indiana State Medical Alliance, Roberta Brooker of the Indiana State Library, Steve Kelly of the Indianapolis FBI Cybercrime Unit, and members of the Indiana Educational Technology Council. With today’s announcement, all 50 states have joined the Coalition’s “Three Keeps” national campaign. In addition to the books, ENA will also provide access for public school teachers and librarians to an animated companion film to the book through INschools and INPubLibraries, statewide networks the company provides for Indiana’s K-12 schools and libraries.
“As parents and educators, we are all faced with the growing threat of Internet predators and the need to teach our children how to protect themselves online,” said Merle Gruesser, Indiana State Director of ENA. “Our mission is to protect children at school from inappropriate material on the Internet, but we also want to provide useful learning tools and recommendations for parents and students at home. We thank the Governor, Indiana’s public school and library systems and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition for giving us this opportunity.”
For additional free resources targeted at adults, including the Coalition’s “Three Keeps for Parents,” ENA officials encouraged parents to visit the website (www.iKeepSafe.org) where an online Parent Resource Center is available for download.
“The bottom line is that you don’t have to be a computer expert to protect your children online. The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but with it comes the need to be extra vigilant to ensure our children are not exposed to inappropriate material and activities that can happen online,” Gruesser added.
ENA is a managed Internet service provider which creates technology solutions for school systems, libraries, and governments. Since 1995 when ENA built the first statewide network connecting all K-12 schools in Tennessee, the Nashville-based company has established a reputation as a trusted partner in the delivery of safe, reliable, equitable and affordable access to the vast learning resources of the Internet for over 2 million school children, teachers, and administrators. Please visit www.ena.com for more information.
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and first spouses, law enforcement agencies, organizations and foundations dedicated to providing parents and educators with information and tools that empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet. It offers a comprehensive package of educational resources for children, parents and educators. The Coalition is a nonprofit organization, founded by Jacalyn Leavitt to continue her efforts promoting public health and education. Visit www.iKeepSafe.org for additional information.