As a member of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT), the cybersecurity arm of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), iKeepSafe works as an education partner for development and implementation of new educational strategies for digital citizenship and security, globally.
iKeepSafe responded to the request of the Australia Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Cyber-safety
to submit information regarding internet safety and security. Comments include: (I.) current and recent digital citizenship initiatives, including international efforts, (II.) new research on youth risk online, and (III.) recommendations for how stakeholders can support schools and reduce the incidence and effects of cyber‐bullying and other cyber threats (education solutions and technology solutions).
iKeepSafe is a member of the Internet Safety Initiative sponsored by Egypt’s Ministry of Communication to produce new content in Arabic for distribution through Arab-speaking communities in the Middle East. iKeepSafe Arabic resources for digital citizenship (videos and curriculum) are available HERE.
iKeepSafe worked with the Chinese government to produce two installments of the Faux Paw the Techno Cat Internet Safety series for distribution in Beijing schools. The bilingual books with animated videos addressed safe downloading and Internet addiction) are available here:
iKeepSafe participates in the NTIA’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG), established by the “Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act” to work with federal agencies (Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Department of Education) to evaluate industry efforts and to make recommendations for the promotion of online safety for children through education, labeling, and parental control technology. iKeepSafe was one of the partner organizations to contribute to the OSTWG Report to Congress.
Project iSEC: Internet Safety Education for Children was a national safety campaign funded by the DOE’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It brought together multiple organizations to customize and distribute educational materials. As a result, millions of families and educators nationwide have received internet safety information and training first hand the information and training needed to keep their children safe online.
iKeepSafe is a member of the Stop.Think.Connect National Network. To spread cybersecurity awareness across the country to people of all ages and expand the reach of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. messages, the Campaign established the National Network, which is comprised of groups and organizations that advocate and promote cybersecurity within their organizations and to their stakeholders.
MOBILE SAFE KIDS
The DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention partnered with iKeepSafe to produce Mobile Safe Kids: An Intervention Strategy for Safe Mogile Phone Use by Children.and administered through Promoting Child and Youth Safety: Community Initiatives and Public Awareness Program (PART – A). This multi-partner collaborative effort is designed to reduce cell phone/Internet victimization of 4th-6th grade students. Based on results of a 2008 Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) research project, student cell phone abuse was analyzed by RIT and used to create educational objectives by media experts at Harvard’s Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH). CMCH then worked with iKeepSafe to produce educational curricula for cell phone abuse intervention to be delivered to students via Woogi World, iKeepSafe’s children’s virtual school partner. The program will run in school districts in Monroe County, New York. Teachers associated with these students have received professional development in cell phone/Internet safety and online/virtual education. Parent training and community outreach are incorporated into the project, as well Strategic Planning for project distribution to other communities.
THE PARENT PROJECT
The DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice collaborated with iKeepSafe and the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School to determine if parents were aware of the perils as well as the potential of the internet and were successfully preventing cyber-threats to their children using non-technical interventions such open discussion of risks, family rules, and monitoring. We learned that these parents are more effective at protecting their children in cyberspace when they had used the tools found in the Parent Resource Center on the iKeepSafe Web site.
KNOW WHERE THEY GO CAMPAIGN
In collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Department of Justice and within the framework of Project Safe Childhood, iKeepSafe developed a Public Service Announcement entitled Know Where They Go to highlight internet risks to children and to illustrate the need for parental involvement in the digital world. This campaign incorporated television, print, radio, and Web features in major cities nationwide.
OFFICE OF SAFE & DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS
Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools is a federal vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence in schools. Its members are also active in bullying prevention and have joined with iKeepSafe for Faux Paw Series presentations and readings throughout Utah and Texas. iKeepSafe representatives have participated at their conferences, in their bullying prevention group, and made special presentations on internet safety challenges to their Washington DC-based executive working group.
As the former first lady of Utah, iKeepSafe founder and chair Jackie Leavitt works to share digital citizenship materials with governors and first spouses. She has presented at the National Governors’ Association annual meeting and hosted media events with first spouses in many states.
iKeepSafe has partnered with the National Association of Attorneys General and contributed at the Year of the Child Presidential Summit where they tackled Internet safety. iKeepSafe has also partnered with individual Attorneys General in several states including PA, VA, WA, TX, MD and MI to create customized Internet safety presentations for their constituents. The Attorney General presentations run on-demand on Comcast.