Last month Microsoft, AMD and partners launched Web Watchers, an Internet security and safety program that provides teachers in the U.S. with age- and curriculum-valid lessons to help students better understand the opportunities and risks of the Internet.
The program has taught teachers how to prepare children to protect themselves online from viruses, identity theft and even chat-room bullies.
As part of the Web Watchers program, participating schools will be eligible to win US$1,000 or $5,000 for the purchase of new computer hardware and software as an incentive for students' families and friends to take steps helping secure their PCs. Program material and more information on how to vote online for a school to receive technology funding can be found by visiting www.WebWatchersOnline.com. Voting is open until March 31, 2005.
Over 6,000 schools have participated in Web Watchers, which was a venture between Microsoft, AMD, which recently released AMD64 processors with Enhanced Virus Protection capability, and other companies who have made a similar commitment to computer security, such as McAfee, NetZero, Cox Communications, Comcast and The CyberSmart! Education Company. Parents and teachers can go to http://www.webwatchersonline.com for the most up-to-date educational tools for teaching kids how to help protect themselves from viruses, identity theft and even chat room bullies.
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