For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: November 21, 2005

ProtecTeens, Internet Safety Program, Now Available on Wasden’s Website

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today announced ProtecTeens, an Internet safety program featuring a 21-minute video presentation, is now available on his website. The program can be downloaded on most home computers. ProtecTeens demonstrates how sexual predators can use the Internet to exploit and abuse children and includes practical steps parents can take to protect their children.

“I have been speaking with organizations state-wide during the past few weeks, and the overwhelming response has been to make ProtecTeens available to all Idaho parents and teens sooner, rather than later,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I believe by adding ProtecTeens to my website we will take one step closer to stopping sexual predators from preying on Idaho teens.”

The website also features parental control information, the Attorney General’s Internet Safety Manual, the Family Internet Safety Contract, a series of other Internet safety links and kids “safe” links.

In addition to the video on his website, Wasden will continue to visit community organizations throughout Idaho to share ProtecTeens with parents and community leaders.

“Secretary of State Ben Ysursa and I have built partnerships with educators, law enforcement professionals, and the medical profession so that more people in every Idaho community will be able to present this program to local parent groups and other interested individuals,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Our partners include: First Lady Patricia Kempthorne; the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association; the Idaho Sheriffs Association; the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association; the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; the Idaho Medical Association; the State Department of Education; the Idaho School Boards Association; the Idaho Association of School Administrators; and the Idaho Parent Teacher Association.”

If groups are interested in arranging a presentation, they may access a request form via the Attorney General’s website or contact Kriss Bivens Cloyd. She can also be reached at (208) 334–2400.

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NOTE TO READERS - The ProtecTeens links above have been removed and are no longer available.

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