National Internet Safety 101® Program Empowers Utah Parents and Caring Adults to Protect Kids from Online Dangers.
Enough Is Enough® and the Utah Council for Crime Prevention Launch Internet Safety 101® in Utah.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Account Executive, Bradley PR
Communications and Development Coordinator, EIE
West Valley, UT--January 23, 2012-- Enough Is Enough® (EIE) and the Utah Council for Crime Prevention (UCCP) will launch EIE's Telly award winning, multimedia Internet Safety 101® Program in the state of Utah today, empowering parents, educators, law enforcement and other caring adults with the tools to protect their children from the dangers of the digital world. The launch will be in connection with the Annual UCCP Power of Prevention Conference held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, Utah on Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27.
The Utah Internet Safety 101® Program launch is funded in part by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice and supported by Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and former Utah Senator Bob Bennett. The launch of Internet Safety 101® in Utah is the third statewide initiative in Enough Is Enough's Internet Safety 101® national program. The Internet Safety 101® Program has been rolled out statewide in Virginia and Maryland. The program will be coordinated in Utah through the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, Enough Is Enough's lead partner in the state.
Internet Safety 101® trainings will be led by Donna Rice Hughes, President and CEO of EIE and Executive Producer and Host of the Internet Safety 101® DVD Teaching Series as well as Robert Flores, ESQ., former OJJDP Administrator. Hughes is frequently sought out for her Internet safety expertise, and she has been a featured guest and Internet safety expert on leading national broadcasts including Dateline, The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, 20/20, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC as well as national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.
"It is essential that Parents and caring adults are educated, equipped, and empowered to be the first line of defense to protect kids from digital dangers." says Hughes, "We are so grateful to Senators Bennett and Hatch for supporting our efforts to bring Internet Safety 101® to Utah."
Some key organizations joining Enough Is Enough® and The Utah Council for Crime Prevention as Utah partners include Women for Decency, Citizens for Decency, Concerned Women for America, The Utah PTA, and The Salvation Army.
"The Utah Council for Crime Prevention is excited to be the home for Internet Safety 101® here in the state," says UCCP CEO Tibby Milne. "We have done a good job of training children about digital dangers through our school systems, but now we can make sure parents and other adults are just as savvy when it comes to protecting their children from these dangers."
Advanced Ambassador Training for the Internet Safety 101® Program will be available Thursday, Jan. 26, basic Facilitator Training will be available Friday, Jan. 27 and a Faith-based workshop will be available on Saturday, January 28 at the Utah Council for Crime Prevention's annual Power of Prevention Conference.
Though there are other Internet safety programs, Internet Safety 101® is the only multimedia evidence based adult program geared specifically towards training parents and caregivers on how to protect their children from dangers such as pornography, sexual predators, cyberbullies and risks related to social networking, online gaming and mobile devices. In an online world where Internet-enabled devices such as iPads, iPods and iPhones now top children's Christmas lists, parents finally have the educational resources they need to stay ahead of the digital dangers out to trap their kids.
Further illustration of the increasing need to protect our children from these dangers can be found in alarming nationwide statistics provided by Enough Is Enough®:
- Over one-million children were harassed, threatened or cyber bullied on Facebook during 2011.
- Seven out of ten youth have accidentally come across pornography online.
- One in seven kids has received a sexual solicitation online.
- 43 percent of teens age 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyberbullying in the past year.
"Children are the digital natives while parents are digital immigrants. Parents, guardians and caring adults must recognize that no child is immune from digital dangers.", says Hughes, "The Internet Safety 101® 4-part DVD teaching series appeals to your head and your heart. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and above all, become motivated and empowered to protect children from online dangers."
To educate, equip and empower parents with the information and resources they need to protect their children from these dangers, the Internet Safety 101® program includes a four-part DVD teaching series, Workbook/Resource Guide, Rules 'N Tools®booklet, Facilitator's Guide and web site. The program also includes documentary style interviews of kids, parents, victims and a convicted sex offender, as well as expert advice from clinicians, child safety advocates, law enforcement and technology insiders.
To register for or find more information about the conference, visitwww.internetsafety101.org or call 1-800-280-UTAH. Internet Safety 101® training participants will receive a complementary copy of Internet Safety 101® program resources, including the Internet Safety 101® Workbook/Resource Guide, DVD Teaching series and Rules 'N Tools® Booklet (a value of $54.95).
About Enough Is Enough (EIE)
About Enough Is Enough® Enough Is Enough® (EIE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families. EIE was founded in 1992 and continues to pioneer efforts to confront online victimization such as pornography, predation and cyber bullying through its Internet Safety 101® program. For more information, visit: http://www.
Enough Is Enough's national sponsors include the U.S. Department of Justice, AT&T, Google, The Salvation Army and Verizon.
About Internet Safety 101
The Internet Safety 101 multimedia program was created in partnership with the Department of Justice to prevent Internet-initiated crimes against children through educating, equipping and empowering parents, educators and caring adults with the knowledge and resources needed to protect children from online p*rnography, sexual predators and cyberbullies , as well as cyber security risks and dangers related to social networking, online gaming and mobile devices. The proven evidence-based curriculum motivates and equips adults to implement both safety rules(non-technical measures) and software tools (technical measures) on youth's Internet enabled devices. The program includes a four-part DVD teaching series, workbook, Rules 'N Tools booklet, facilitator's guide and web site (www.internetsafety101.org). The program also includes documentary style interviews of kids, parents, victims and a convicted sex offender, as well as expert advice from clinicians, child safety advocates, law enforcement and technology insiders. The Internet safety training was shot in front of a live studio audience and was led by renowned Internet safety expert, author and EIE president, Donna Rice Hughes.