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

Date: August 15, 2007

Wasden Releases Updated ProtecTeens Internet Safety CD at Fairs

(Boise) – ProtecTeens, Version 2.0, an Internet safety program with new information about social networking sites such as MySpace.com, FaceBook.com, and Xanga.com, is now available for Idaho parents, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

The new version of the ProtecTeens CD includes A Parent’s Guide to Social Networking Websites, which describes the nature and content of social networking sites and explains how to find out if your child has a social networking site profile and how to delete it. “As a parent, I feel it is important for Idahoans to be aware of the dangers of popular social networking websites such as MySpace,” Attorney General Wasden said. “Sexual predators use social networking sites to prey on teens.”

The Internet Lingo Dictionary, also new on ProtecTeens 2.0, is a parent’s guide to decode the acronyms, abbreviated text, and emoticons used in chat rooms, instant messages, text messaging, and blogging. “Teens and young adults have created their own shorthand language to save time typing and to hide the real meaning of their messages from others,” Attorney General Wasden said.

ProtecTeens also includes:

  • Parental Control Information
  • Family Contract for Internet Safety
  • Internet Safety Manual

The Parental Control Information provides a guide for parents to make basic changes to computer settings to help prevent family members from being victims of Internet predators.

“The Family Contract for Internet Safety can be used as a tool to help parents talk with teens regarding proper use of the computer and what to do if they are exposed to inappropriate sexual contact via the Internet,” Attorney General Wasden said.

The Attorney General’s Internet Safety Manual also provides basic information on e–mail scams, spam, online shopping dangers, personal privacy, viruses, and much more.

The ProtecTeens CD was originally released in the fall of 2005 by Attorney General Wasden and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, including partnerships with the Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Sheriff’s Association, the Chiefs of Police Association, the Medical Association, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the School Boards Association, the Association of School Administrators, the Idaho Department of Education, the Idaho Parent Teacher Association and then First Lady Patricia Kempthorne.

Governor Butch Otter, First Lady Lori Otter and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna have recently joined as partners.

“I appreciate the support of the new partners on this very important project,” Attorney General Wasden said. “I genuinely appreciate Governor Otter for providing financial support in producing 10,000 copies of the ProtecTeens CDs.”

More than 98,000 CDs have been distributed to date.

Idahoans may obtain a free copy of the ProtecTeens CD at the Attorney General’s Consumer Education Booth at the:

  • Western Idaho Fair – August 17-26
  • Kootenai County Fair – August 22-26
  • Twin Falls County Fair – August 29-September 3
  • Eastern Idaho State Fair – September 1-8

Idahoans may also request a copy of the CD by clicking here or by writing to the Attorney General’s Office at P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho 83720-0010.

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