Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Announces Internet Safety Program at Green County High School Tomorrow

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 25, 2007  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo is asking teachers, “Are your students safe online?” The Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Kentucky Center for School Safety, is sponsoring an i-SAFE Assembly Program at Green County High School tomorrow to educate and empower students to act safely and responsibly on the Internet.

Students from Green County’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) program, Green County Sheriff’s Office and Greensburg City Police Department are assisting with two “i-Asembly” programs beginning at 7:45 a.m. in the school gymnasium on Friday, January 26th, 2007.  The programs are sponsored by i-SAFE America a congressionally approved and funded national non-profit organization which provides a wide range of internet safety curriculum, resources and materials.

Students will learn about true-life encounters of young teens and Internet predators encountered through Internet chat rooms. The program will feature information about two teens who were killed by people they met online and highlight the dangers of meeting online acquaintances. Students will also learn about “cyber-bullying” – the harassment of peers through the posting of threatening or derogatory information about them on social networking websites, chat rooms, instant and text messages. Cyber-bullying is increasingly causing a variety of problems in Kentucky schools and has been linked in some districts to suicide, stabbings and other acts of violence as well as transfers of bullied children to other districts.

“When chatting with someone you don’t know in real life, you can never be sure of their true identity,” Attorney General Greg Stumbo said. “The pictures sent to you can easily be those of someone else. Also, rumors on social networking sites can be devastating to young people. We must make young folks aware of safe Internet behavior.”

The program will also feature information about a mentoring program for students who wish to help young students and community members learn how to be safe on the Internet. The Green County High School FBLA will present this segment of the program and encourage others to become involved. The public is also invited to an introductory Internet Safety program for parents which will be held on the same day.

For more information about this program or to request information about the i-Safe curriculum or scheduling an event in your community, contact the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection at 1-888-432-9257.