COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 192

September 7, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Youth Internet Safety Contest and Faux Paw's Adventures in the Internet from the Office of the Attorney General

 

On behalf of Attorney General Bob McDonnell, the Office of Educational Technology is distributing two resources that may be beneficial in supporting the Internet safety program in schools. During the week of September 10, posters announcing the Virginia Youth Internet Safety Contest will be provided to each division to distribute to all middle and high schools throughout the Commonwealth. These posters may also be used to raise awareness of Internet safety in general. School divisions will receive approximately 11 posters for each middle and high school.

To participate in the contest, students in Virginia currently enrolled in grades 6 through 12 may create their own 30-second public service announcement on Internet safety. Entries should be sent directly to the Office of the Attorney General. One mailing of entries per school is encouraged, and the deadline is February 1, 2008. A copy of the complete contest rules is attached and should be distributed to schools.

 

In addition, the Attorney Generals Office is providing complimentary copies of the Internet safety book, Faux Paw's Adventures in the Internet, for all elementary schools in the Commonwealth. Two books for each elementary school will be included with the contest poster mailing. Elementary schools are encouraged to place these books in the school library, in a computer lab, or in another room where they may be easily accessible to students. Teachers might also read these books to second and third graders and allow them to navigate the contents of the CD-ROM included with each book.

 

Members of the Attorney Generals Computer Crime Section are available to visit schools to promote the contest, read the Faux Paw book, or answer any questions regarding Internet safety that students or teachers may have. A visit may be scheduled by calling the Computer Crime Section at 804-786-2071. Additional Internet safety information and electronic versions of the contest rules and forms may be found at www.vaag.com.

 

If you have questions about the materials or need additional information, please contact Jan Myer, Office of the Attorney General, via e-mail jmyer@OAG.STATE.VA.US or telephone 804-786-2071.

 

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Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf192a.pdf