For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: October 12, 2011

Attorney General Wasden to Present ProtecTeens at Jefferson County Internet Safety Night

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will present the ProtecTeens video and discuss safe Internet practices at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October, 19 at Rigby High School in Rigby, Idaho.  The public is invited to the free event, which is sponsored by Jefferson School District #251.

“We’ve had a number of incidents around the state in which sexual predators have used the Internet to entice Idaho children,” Attorney General Wasden said.  “I very much appreciate the Jefferson School District’s efforts to educate students and parents about Internet safety risks and how to avoid them.   The information that we have to share has prevented sexual abuse of children on several occasions, so I hope for a large turnout from the Rigby community Wednesday evening.”

While in Rigby, the Attorney General is scheduled to make similar presentations to students at Midway Middle School, Rigby Junior High School and Rigby High School.

“Jefferson School District is pleased to be working with the Attorney General to help keep parents and our youth as informed as possible as we keep our commitment to promote safety and security for our students,” Jefferson School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Tolman said.

The ProtecTeens Internet safety program informs and assists parents regarding the dangers children face from sexual predators and other risks on the Internet.  ProtecTeens consists of a 25-minute video presentation, the Attorney General’s Internet Safety Manual, A Parents’ Guide to Social Networking Websites, The Internet Lingo Dictionary, The Family Contract for Internet Safety, and information about parental control software.

The ProtecTeens video includes sections covering:

  • general Internet risks and safe practices;
  • social networking websites;
  • online chat and instant messaging;
  • cell phones and “sexting”;
  • online gaming and virtual worlds; and
  • cyberbullying.

The ProtecTeens video and supporting publications are available here. Idaho residents may order a free copy of the ProtecTeens DVD through the Attorney General’s website.  Community groups and schools may also use the website to request a presentation by a member of the ProtecTeens Partnership.

In addition to Attorney General Wasden and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, the ProtecTeens partnership includes: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter; First Lady Lori Otter; Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna; the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association; the Idaho Sheriffs Association; the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association; the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; the Idaho School Boards Association; the Idaho Association of School Administrators; the Idaho PTA and the Idaho Medical Association.

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