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In Virginia, this September is the first "Internet Safety Month," marking the launch of a new statewide mandate requiring schools to teach Internet safety.
In Virginia, this September is the first "Internet Safety Month," marking the launch of a new statewide mandate requiring schools to teach Internet safety. While several states have made online safety a priority, Virginia is the first to require that it be taught in school. The campaign, Project SafetyNet VA, will take place once a year every September. This year's effort features three major components: a contest for 6th-12th-graders to create their own 30-second television ads about Internet safety, which are due in February and will air next year in Virginia; a book for every 3rd-grade public and private classroom in the state on staying safe online; and a presentation by members of the Computer Crime Section of the Office of the Attorney General to students, teachers and parents at their schools. The presentations include what to look for when online and simple steps to take to avoid becoming a victim, such as not talking to strangers, sharing personal information or agreeing to meet people who approach a person on the Web. The campaign is part of the Attorney General's Youth Internet Safety Task Force. To learn more, visit www.vaag.com/ProjectSafetyNetVA.