Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Cyber Space and Ethics Initiative

Since I started this blog last year, I have posted a fair number of articles connected to child safety on the internet and have provided information on parental controls, child safety, the dangers of MySpace, and more. I backtracked and labeled some of those postings with the safety tag.

The Rochester Institute of Technology, known locally as RIT, has started a new endeavor that, if nothing else, will result in better educating the parents, teachers and students in the local area on internet safety, cyberethics and information security.

The program is beginning with surveys, grade-targeted for the children, as well as surveys for both parents and teachers. The data from the surveys will certainly go a long way in determining a path forward -- which I certainly hope evolves similarly to the D.A.R.E. program. Providing appropriate education is the key for success.

Read about the Rochester Regional Cyber, Security and Ethics Initiative (RRSEI):

The Rochester Regional Cyber, Security and Ethics Initiative is a unique non-profit partnership between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), numerous area school districts, the Diocese of Rochester Department of Catholic Schools, other higher education institutions and private schools, and regional offices of three national organizations, including:
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Rochester Chapter
  • InfraGard Member Alliance (IMA of Rochester), a program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The mission of the Initiative is to improve cyber safety, security and ethics at the K-12 level, as well as for teachers, parents, employers and other members of the community."

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