Magazine article Techniques

Compaq Helps Launch NetSmartz Workshop

Magazine article Techniques

Compaq Helps Launch NetSmartz Workshop

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA) and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) announced a $1.5 million donation from Compaq Computer Corporation to help create an initiative to educate youth about risks they may encounter online. Compaq has been a long-time supporter of both B&GCA and NCMEC. The company provided cash and equipment grants to implement 10 Compaq Technology Centers within B&GCA clubs across the U.S. Compaq has been a supporter of the NCMEC since its inception in 1985 and is one of the organization's national sponsors.

The new NetSmartz Workshop was developed to reach the more than 3.3 million youth served each year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. B&GCA had already developed Operation Connect as an effort to bridge the digital divide, but they wanted to make sure the children and teens also had the latest information to keep them safe. They turned to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which had been teaching Internet safety to children for almost a decade.

John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, says, "When my son Adam was abducted, the Internet didn't exist. Parents today have the added concern of keeping an eye on their children on the way to school, in their neighborhoods and in Cyberspace. The NetSmartz Workshop can help them do that in ways that will be readily accepted by this tech-savvy generation of kids because the safety messages don't speak down to them. …

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