The Department of Homeland Security and several tech giants are teaming up to launch a nationwide volunteer program that will put tech pros in K-12 classrooms to make the younger generation aware of dangers on the internet, USA Today reports. The pioneering program, announced April 21 at the RSA 2009 security conference in San Francisco, will teach youngsters not just to be wary of online predators and bullies but alert to the tricks of data thieves and scam artists. Michael Kaiser, executive director of the nonprofit National Cyber Security Alliance that will administer the program, said the larger goal is to prompt schools nationwide to "embrace a comprehensive approach to teaching cyber security, cyber safety, and cyber ethics." Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) will begin sending volunteer instructors into schools in Maryland this week, and tech giant EMC will do likewise in coming weeks in schools in California and Massachusetts. Microsoft, Symantec, Cisco, and other tech firms are supporting the program financially…

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