Are You Up to Speed on Family Online Safety?


With the school year starting this month, many students will be using the family computer for researching project topics and getting online homework help. As children grow up, their ability to navigate the Internet should be a safe and positive experience but unfortunately there are websites and images online that can cause computer viruses and present questionable website content. Verizon has taken the first step in helping to educate parents in the community on safe and responsible use of digitally connected devises with their program Digital Literacy for Families.

Verizon in partnership with, are making a one-hour free educational workshop available to California K-12 schools this 2013-2014 school year to teach families, especially those with young kids, learn important life skills for safe and responsible Online use. The workshop will cover the topics of Balance, Ethics, Privacy, Reputation, Relationship and Online Safety, creating the acronym “B.E. a P.R.O.” and teaching that everyone can be a pro with digital technology.


IKeepSafe will train someone from the school on how to deliver the workshop and let the school decide when and where they want to host the workshop. The event was designed to be family-friendly and kids are encouraged to attend, especially those using or soon-to-be-using smartphones, tablets and other digital devices.

The program is offered on a first-come-first-served opportunity for schools, currently having 246 slots open for K-12 representatives to learn the workshop. Schools that take part in the program will receive presenter training, presentation materials, videos, handouts and giveaways for attendees as well as pizza and beverages to create a “Family Pizza Night.”


If you would want the workshop to be hosted at your community, talk to your K-12 school and have them contact Ethan Parry, the iKeepSafe Director of Public Relations & Education Outreach at or (703) 717-9066 if interested. Visit for more information on the workshop and how to be safely digitally connected in your home!

Program is currently only available within California and is not available in the following counties: Alpine, Del Norte, Inyo, Lassen, Mariposa, Modoc, Mono, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sierra, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne.

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Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

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