2011 News Releases

Internet safety program reaches more than 50,000 participants

Release Date: Dec 27, 2011

TOPEKA – (December 27, 2011) – A statewide program aimed at keeping kids safer on the Internet reached 56,321 participants during 2011, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The Netsmartz program is presented throughout the state by the Kansas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs through a legislative appropriation and administered by the Attorney General’s Office. The interactive, educational program was developed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for children age 5 to 17, their parents, teachers and law enforcement officers. It uses age-appropriate, interactive activities to teach children how to be safer online.

“Netsmartz is a wonderful program to remind all of us – children and adults – of the dangers lurking on the Internet,” Schmidt said. “Once again, our partners in the Kansas Boys & Girls Clubs have done a great job getting this message out there and helping Kansans stay safe online.”

The Attorney General’s Office began partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to present the Netsmartz program in 2006. The programs are presented throughout the state in classrooms and after-school programs by specialized trainers.

To learn more about the program, call the Attorney General’s Office at (785) 296-2215 or visit www.netsmartz.org

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