Recent studies show that one in five children receives on
online sexual solicitation each year, and 29 percent of children freely
give out personal information online if asked. The Internet Keep
Safe Coalition is aiming to change these disturbing statistics. I joined
the coalition because I know that through education, we can prevent
children from becoming victims of Internet predators.
I invite you to visit the coalition's web
site at http://www.ikeepsafe.org/where you
can click on Tennessee on the map and find important information for you
and your children about protecting personal information online and the
three rules of Internet Safety: KEEP, DON'T MEET, and TELL.
On the website,
children will beet the icon of Internet safety, Faux Paw, the Techno Cat,
as she teaches the rules and shares her story through an online tory book
and award-winning animated short movie. They can also play games that
reinforce Internet Safety.
I recommend the remarkable Faux Paw
screen saver that will password-protect your keyboard while allowing
children to click only the http://www.ikeepsafe.org/ website and
links to NetSmartz, McGruff, and other safe sites. It is available at no
cost at http://www.ikeepsafe.org/ Additional
resources include tips parents can follow to help protect their
I hope you will take full advantage of
all the resources the Coalition is offering your family. Working together,
we can protect our children from online dangers.
First Lady of Tennessee