Summer is an exciting time for most kids. School’s out, and the warm weather allows for lots of outdoor play. But these days, too often kids don’t spend their new-found free time playing outside. Instead, they’re locked indoors, held captive by the all-empowering computer monitor.
And it can be more difficult to supervise a child’s computer usage than a game of freeze tag…For that reason, it’s imperative our kids become well-versed in staying safe online, and parents and educators have the skills they need to effectively protect children from the minefield of threats to their online safety.
Stop Internet Predators, a project of Stop Child Predators, will kickoff Summer Safety week on Monday May 18th. Summer Safety Week will show kids how they can safely navigate the Internet, and help teach parents what they can do to make sure their kids are making responsible decisions online (and maybe even have fun doing it).
To kick off Summer Safety Awareness Week in Florida, Stop Internet Predators and Florida state Attorney General Bill McCollum’s CyberCrime Unit announced a partnership to conduct a summer safety awareness campaign. The two organizations and the Unit will work together on statewide Internet safety presentations for local PTAs and other interested groups throughout the summer months.”
North Carolina Activities:
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
Event: Internet Safety Program Forum
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: West Cary Middle School
1000 Evans Road
In an effort to recognize key policy makers and community leaders across America, Stop Internet Predators will award individuals who work to combat the online sexual exploitation of our nation’s children. Their work is especially crucial in an ever evolving environment where new technologies are created daily.
The Champion of Online Safety Award will be presented during a press conference on Tuesday, May 12th at 4:30 pm in the Pavilion Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton at Ten Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. The event will be streamed live to www.stopinternetpredators.org. You can view the stream below.
The award will be presented by Stacie Rumenap, Executive Director of Stop Internet Predators. Each person receiving an award will be given the opportunity to speak.