i-SAFE and Microsoft Bring Net Safety to Schools and Parents

CARLSBAD, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 2, 2006 — i-SAFE America Inc., a nonprofit Internet safety foundation, and Microsoft Corp. today announced they have teamed up to create i-LEARN Online, an on-demand system for Internet safety education.
i-LEARN Online enables teachers and students to learn about how to increase Internet safety and security through any computer with Internet access.

“A survey by our National Assessment Center revealed that more than half of parents feel their ability to monitor and shelter their children from inappropriate material is limited,” said Teri Schroeder, founder and CEO of i-SAFE. “We created i-LEARN Online to educate and empower people — so educators and parents can help protect their students, and students can help protect themselves and their peers with only the click of their mouse.”

The i-LEARN Online program gives adults and kids access to i-SAFE’s free Internet safety lessons. No longer available solely in a classroom environment, i-LEARN Online provides teachers and parents with tools to educate others about safe and responsible use of the Internet. The program is composed of six online education video modules, which address personal safety, cyber-community issues, cyber-predator identification, cyber-security, intellectual property and community outreach. Each module is designed to educate the user to effectively combat cyber-crime.

“Technology brings benefits to millions of people around the world; however, it can also present new safety challenges so we need to equip our children to navigate the online world more safely and securely,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. “Microsoft is excited to support i-SAFE and bring online safety education to teachers to help educate our children to better protect themselves online.”

Included as part of the i-LEARN Online program is the i-MENTOR Training Network. These modules help empower students to take their knowledge of Internet safety into the real world to educate friends, peers and family and community members. After viewing all modules, students become certified i-MENTORS, capable of addressing issues such as cyber-predators, cyber-bullying and cyber-security. The i-LEARN Online program is available at http://ilearn.isafe.org.

i-SAFE has educated more than 1 million students around the world. And i-SAFE is one of the first organizations to use streaming training videos to certify adults and kids in Internet safety.

About i-SAFE America

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE America Inc. is one of the leaders in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower youth to make their Internet experiences safe and responsible. The goal is to educate students on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate or unlawful online behavior. i-SAFE helps accomplish this through dynamic K–12 curriculum and community outreach programs to parents, law enforcement and community leaders. It is one of the only Internet safety foundations to combine these elements. www.isafe.org.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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i-SAFE America Inc. is designated a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. i-SAFE America Inc. is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.

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