Cyber Crime Fighters and Students Join Forces to Improve Internet Safety at Summit on Feb. 24 in Charleston
Posted: February 04, 2009
CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia Department of Education and Verizon are taking a “byte” out of Internet crime. The upcoming West Virginia Cyber Safety Summit will bring the best practices of cyber safety to Charleston on Feb. 24 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Science.
“The Internet exposes our children to a vast new world,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Teaching our children how to use that resource safely and protect themselves while online, playing games or surfing the Web is an important step in educating children in the 21st century.”
Featured guests include two nationally recognized experts, a West Virginia cyber crime fighter and two teams of high school students.
Student teams from Huntington High School in Cabell County, as well as Hedgesville and Martinsburg high schools in Berkeley County, will share the teen perspective on cyber safety, and present how they are communicating with their peers. The students are writing the first online guide on Wikipedia on cyber safety for West Virginia, including creative, online concepts for communicating safety online with their peers.
Gov. Joe Manchin, Attorney General Darrell McGraw and Superintendent Paine will participate as well.
Verizon is West Virginia’s leading broadband provider. President B. Keith Fulton said cyber safety goes along with more access to high speed Internet resources.
“Today’s students do not remember life before the Internet. They’ve always accessed a world of information with the click of a mouse,” Fulton said. “But some areas in cyberspace are inappropriate for them. All of us, really, must be aware of how to avoid these risks.”
Go to www.verizon.com/wv for safe, online registration for the West Virginia Cyber Safe Summit. There is no charge to attend, but seating is limited. In addition to the speakers, those attending will be able to participate in a town hall discussion, or focus on specific areas of interest at roundtables led by speakers, and other subject matter experts from government and private industry. An interactive, electronic quiz and voting by participants will be provided by eInstruction Corp.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.