Internet program to keep kids safe online

Faux Paw the Techno Cat and two Internet crime fighting helpers.
Faux Paw the Techno Cat and two Internet crime fighting helpers.

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition group teaches basic rules of Internet safety to children and parents, reaching them online and in schools. Governors and/or first spouses formed this coalition in partnership with a growing list of crime prevention organizations, law enforcement agencies, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Studies show that one in five youth using the Internet receive an online sexual solicitation in a one  year period, 29% of children will freely give out their home address if asked, 54% frequently have private conversations with online strangers and  there has been an 84% rise in formal complaints from 2004-05 that predators enticed minors online or traveled to meet them in person.
Pam Olsenn, local spokesperson for, travels to various schools and community groups holding Internet safety presentations. Along with her comes a lovable mascot known as Faux Paw, The Techno Cat to teach children the importance of protecting personal information and avoiding inappropriate places on the Internet. "The presentation takes about 15 minutes, its starts with us asking general questions about the kids Internet usage and seeing what they know about computers. We then talk about the three steps of Internet safety and the hand/arm signs that go with them. We show a 5 minute video that you can see on line and then we summarize what the video teaches and go through the three steps again for reinforcement. The presentation is geared toward  the 4th grade level." said Olsenn
Parents are encouraged to visit the website with their children. It teaches children to safely navigate the internet through a virtual playground, Faux Paw’s adventures in storybooks, an animated video download, and educational games, including worksheets and tests, are also available for parents and educators.
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a non-profit organization founded by Jacalyn Leavitt, former First Lady of Utah 1993 – 2003 and founder of iKeepSafe and sponsored locally by the Jackson County Medical Alliance.
If you would like the Faux Paw Internet safety presentation to visit your school or community group, please contact Pam Olsenn at 541-664-7935 or email
by Kim Shaffer
Of the Independent

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