Washington, D.C.–Governors will discuss strategies for keeping children safe online during the upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meeting July 20-23 in Traverse City, Michigan.

The discussion, "Working Together to Keep Students Safe from Online Predators," will occur during the Education, Early Childhood and Workforce committee meeting on Sunday, July 22, at 2:30 p.m. at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. Governors and panelists will address major online safety concerns and the emergence of social networking sites; describe ways to protect students online; and offer specific recommendations and steps governors can take to help keep students safe online.

"The internet is an invaluable tool for our students, and keeping them safe while they are online is extremely important," said Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, the committee chair. "The wide-spread use of social networking sites presents new challenges to ensuring the well-being of our children."

"About one in seven Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 fall victim to online solicitation, according to recent estimates," said Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell, vice chair of the committee. "It is our responsibility to find ways to protect students online, and I look forward to hearing strategies from our expert panelists."

Governors will be joined at the session by Lauren Nelson, Miss America 2007; the Honorable Kelly Ayotte, attorney general, State of New Hampshire; Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace chief security officer, Fox Interactive Media; and Richard Wistocki, detective, Naperville, Illinois Police Department.

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