Henry County, Va., Schools unveiled an internet safety comic book Oct. 22 to help both children and parents navigate the web safely, reports the Martinsville Bulletin. Melany Stowe, communications and community relations director for the division, created "A Stranger is Online," a colorful collection of tips that will be mailed to all fourth- through 12th-grade students. The small comic books are softcover, but a hardback version will be available in each school library. Fifth-graders at Axton Elementary School received their own hardbound copies during a book release event. "How many of you know tips for how to be safe on the Internet?" Stowe asked the group. A handful of students raised their hands at first. But after watching a short film and reading the comic with teachers and school board members in the library, each student was able to share a safety tip he or she had learned. "Don’t give out your password," said fifth-grader Ailenne Alcala. "Don’t meet with anybody from the internet" if you don’t know the person in real life, said classmate Michael Mack. Sharing online safety tips was a goal of the schools’ Internet Safety Task Force, which began last fall. Originally, the task force wanted to send a letter or brochure of tips home to parents, but a comic book seemed like the most exciting way to communicate the ideas, Stowe said. Embarq donated $3,000 to print color copies of "A Stranger is Online," and Stanley Furniture, American of Martinsville, and Kimbanet donated a total of $800 to cover the cost of mailing the books to students. "This is a great way to partner with the school system," said Vernon Fraley, Embarq’s manager of media relations…

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