Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Internet Safety Month News Conference Today

Reporters and editors: Below is a news release from the San Diego Police
Foundation regarding a news conference this afternoon at Muirlands Middle
School in La Jolla. It announces Internet Safety Month and has an important
message about the community effort to keep kids safe. Your coverage is
invited. Please use the contacts in the advisory should you have any

Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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WHAT: June is Internet Safety Month
Law enforcement and educators preparing kids and parents for a "cyber

WHEN: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Muirlands Middle School (off I‐52 near Mt. Soledad)
1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA 92037‐6299

CONTACT: Sara E. Wacker, APR / Joice Truban Curry
c3 Communications, Inc. for San Diego Police Foundation / (858) 794‐6974
On‐site: (858) 945‐1104 / (619) 540‐6611 (cells)
Cyber technology is woven into the cultural fabric of today's youth—91% of
teens have their own email address, 73% a
cell phone and 72% their own profile on a social networking site. While it's
great that kids are tech‐savvy, their cyber
worlds are largely unsupervised.
How do parents prepare for this year's cyber summer? Law enforcement and
educators will discuss tips for parents, as
well as the results of their collaboration in the SafetyNet: Smart Cyber
Choices™ program.

Speakers/interview opportunities:

 San Diego Police Foundation (SDPF) – Wenda Alvarez, President/CEO

 San Diego Police Department (SDPD) – Cesar Solis, Assistant Chief. SDPD is
the lead agency of the San Diego
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SD‐ICAC). SD‐ICAC is one of the
Units under Asst. Chief Solis'

 School administrator: Chris Hargrave, Principal, Muirlands Middle School

 Muirlands is one of 28 middle schools in San Diego County participating in
the SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices™

 The SafetyNet™ program is a public education effort of the regional law
enforcement San Diego Internet Crimes
Against Children Task Force (SD‐ICAC) and the San Diego Police Foundation in
cooperation with middle schools
countywide. It's a program getting high marks from students, educators and
parents. It's free, and it works!

 A Project Safe Childhood grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office
of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention makes the program possible through December 2010. Additional
funding is being sought to extend the
SafetyNet program and empower more children and parents with smart cyber

 SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices™ is an example of the San Diego Police
Foundation's work to build safer
communities. The nonprofit organization's mission is to improve human
services delivered by men and women
(and dogs) who "Protect and Serve," with community‐funded grants for
training, equipment and collaborative
programs not covered by public‐funded budgets. . To date, the Foundation has
provided grants totaling nearly $4

 For more information about the SDPF, visit www.sdpolicefoundation.org or
call 858‐453‐5060

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