Superintendent's Memo #045-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 26, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Multimedia Juvenile Victimization (MJV) - Insights into Youth Behavior to Help Law Enforcement Project

The Multimedia Juvenile Victimization (MJV): Insights into Youth Behavior to Help Law Enforcement project is a two-year study to contribute to the understanding of Internet and technology-facilitated crimes against juveniles and assist law enforcement in their efforts to understand youth behavior online, gather evidence, and prosecute violators. Randomly selected schools in Virginia will be asked to complete a survey along with schools from school districts in California, Hawaii, and Wyoming.

Funding for this project has been awarded to the University of Hawaii’s College of Education through the Recovery Act Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Research Grant from the Department of Justice (CFDA #16.800).

It is anticipated that the survey will be conducted in March. The Virginia Department of Education is encouraging schools to participate as the results will help us continually improve our Internet safety work in Virginia.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Tammy McGraw, director of educational technology, at (804) 225-4429 or via e-mail at Tammy.McGraw@doe.virginia.gov.

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