2012 News Releases

Internet safety program teaches more than 65,500 individuals

Release Date: Aug 14, 2012

TOPEKA – (August 14, 2012) – A statewide program aimed at keeping kids safer on the Internet reached 65,605 participants during the recently-completed fiscal year 2012, 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 that is 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 ages 5 to 17, their parents, teachers and law enforcement officers. It uses age-appropriate, interactive activities to teach individuals how to be safer online. In the state fiscal year, which ended June 30, the program reached 65,605 individuals. In fiscal year 2011 the program reached 60,585.

“Netsmartz is a comprehensive program to educate youth and adults about Internet safety,” Schmidt said. “This program continues to grow, and I appreciate the dedication and hard work of our partners, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kansas, to help keep kids safe.”

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

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

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