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Garfield and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education Team Up to Keep Children Safe Online
New Program Featuring Garfield and Friends Closes the Gap in Cyber Safety Education
Clearwater, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Children have a new advocate to help them navigate the dangers of online life – Garfield. Paws, Inc. and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education have teamed up to develop cartoons, comic books, posters, trading cards, stickers, and other materials to help educators and parents teach children how to protect themselves online.
According to the Center’s Children’s Internet Usage Study released in April, 87 percent of children in grades four to eight reported that they have learned about safe internet behavior at home or school. At the same time, 29 percent admitted to having used the internet in a way in which their parents would not approve.
To close this gap, every three to four months, the Center will release new online and print Garfield materials that tackle different cyber safety issues. The first lesson, to be part of a new Educator’s Kit, will focus on privacy. Future lessons will address the dangers of posting online, etiquette, cyberbullying, and more.
The Educator’s Kit, which the Center will unveil next week at the 6th annual (ISC)2 Security Congress, contains everything a teacher or group leader would need to teach an internet safety lesson to a group of students: a special Garfield cartoon and handouts, such as classroom wall posters, 30 sets of activity comic books, trading cards, a letter to parents, webcam privacy cling-ons, “I Am Cyber Safe” wearable stickers, and much more. Anyone may purchase the kits for groups or individuals at www.SafeAndSecureOnline.org.
Pat Craven, director for the Center, comments, “Children are still making alarming choices online, despite having a level of awareness of the dangers. Parents and educators clearly need more effective tools to reach kids about the consequences of their online choices. Garfield has universal appeal and credibility that will resonate with children.”
Garfield creator Jim Davis said, “We are delighted to collaborate with the Center. Cyber security is a global issue, and Garfield has global reach. As a cartoon, he also has the ability to make a complex topic like cyber safety easy for children to understand. The Center has the expertise, track record and passion to make a profound difference.”
The Garfield partnership is part of the Center’s latest enhancement to its Safe and Secure Online program. Safe and Secure Online offers tips and resources to children, parents, educators and seniors that draw from the expertise of (ISC)2 members, the pre-eminent cybersecurity experts in the world. Since its inception in 2006, Safe and Secure Online has helped 75,000 children, parents and senior citizens become responsible digital citizens.
Mr. Craven concluded, “Our mission is to help as many people as possible around the world become cyber-safe. As we approach National Cyber Security Awareness Month, I am confident Garfield will help us turn the tide toward a more security-conscious culture.
Educators and the media are welcome to meet Mr. Davis and learn how to bring the Garfield materials to their local school. The Center will host an information session at the Barnett Park/Barnett Gym at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. RSVP to SafeAndSecure@isc2.org.
About Center for Cyber Safety and Education
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), is a non-profit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The Center works to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through their educational programs, scholarships, and research. Visit www.isc2cares.org.
GARFIELD was born on the comics pages on June 19, 1978. The creation of cartoonist Jim Davis, GARFIELD is a humorous strip centered on the lives of a quick-witted orange cat who loves lasagna, coffee, and his remote control; Jon Arbuckle, his owner; and Odie, a sweet but dumb dog. GARFIELD was introduced to the world in just 41 newspapers and is now the most widely syndicated comic strip ever, appearing in 2100 newspapers. The strip, distributed by Universal Press, is read by over 200 million people each day and is translated into 42 languages.
The success of the comic strip spawned an entertainment empire including television: Garfield and Friends, The Garfield Show, and 13 primetime specials; movies: Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties; hundreds of best-selling books, and thousands of licensed products.
Garfield has long been considered an evergreen property because he has not only endured, but continues to be fresh and funny after 38 years in the limelight.
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