Utah, video-gaming industry launch web safety initiative

On Nov. 18, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, announced the availability of a free program — Wired With Wisdom — aimed at addressing internet threats to children through improved parental education, reports the Deseret News. The online tutorial, created by the nonprofit organization Web Wise Kids, is designed to teach adults how to keep children safe from actual and virtual harm online. Issues addressed include eMail safety, the creation of personal web sites, the use of social media sites like MySpace and Facebook, and cyber bullying. The web-based program is designed so that "even the least internet-savvy parent can understand these topics that our e-generation is now so eagerly embracing," Gallagher said. Utah joins five other states–Arizona, California, Florida, Virginia, and Washington–in adopting Wired With Wisdom. Shurtleff said he views the program as a vital component of the state’s ongoing fight against cyber predators who target children…

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