The Missouri Research & Education Network (MOREnet) hosted Internet Safety Night Oct. 23 to raise awareness of online dangers and crimes, and provide resources for keeping families safe online. More than 1500 people at 79 sites in 9 states tuned in to learn about the latest trends in law enforcement and the resources available for staying safe online.
“With increased news of Internet predators and other online crimes such as cyber-bullying and identity theft, it is vitally important that parents and community members, as well as students, understand the dangers associated with some online behaviors,” said Randy Raw, Manager of Security Services for MOREnet. “The goal of our event is to encourage communities throughout the country to come together and talk through these issues, and we’re helping provide resources so they can be successful.”
Speakers for Internet Safety Night included Chris Pickering, Chief Investigator in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office; John Wood, US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri; Detective Andy Anderson of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force; Lt. Joe Laramie, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; Missouri Senator John Loudon; Miss Missouri 2007 Lindsay Casmaer, a victim of cyber-stalking; and Joel Heinrichs, CEO of Lightspeed Systems which offers free software for parents to filter and monitor online activity.
MOREnet’s entire program will be available via streaming video at http://besafe.more.net for the next several months. The hope is that local communities will get together and use the archived presentation as yet another resource on the topic of Internet safety. “The key is to continue providing resources to engage parents, students, educators and law enforcement who are all facing the same issues in different communities,” said Raw. “We need to make information available and get people working together to understand the risks and dangers, and the best ways to stay safe.”
MOREnet hosts Internet Safety Night twice a year; the next event will be in April 2008. For information about hosting an Internet Safety Night event, or attending an event in your area visit http://besafe.more.net. MOREnet launched this website in January as a location to accumulate information and resources to help families stay safe online. Internet Safety Night events are free and open to the public.
Internet Safety Night was sponsored by the Zimmer Radio Group stations (Clear 99, Y107, Eagle 93.9, The Rocker 96.7, and 1580 KTGR) and Lightspeed Systems, Inc which offers a versatile continuum of school network solutions, meeting the security, reporting, and management needs of K-12 technology administrators as well as the comprehensive online safety concerns of school boards and superintendents. Now installed in more than 400 school districts, its software protects more than six million children while at school. To extend that protection to the home, Lightspeed now offers the Lightspeed Guide – a new parent-friendly, easy-to-install-and-use desktop Internet filtering and reporting software.
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