Menendez Announces $463,399 In Funding For Children Internet Education

Menendez Announces $463,399 In Funding For Children Internet Education

A leading internet education advocate, Menendez recently proposed new initiative to support effective internet education programs

Washington - Today, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez announced $463,000 in federal funds for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety to help finance the continuation of key statewide programs to promote responsible internet usage amongst children. The federal funds were awarded as part of the national ICAC program to, amongst other things, continue and enhance community outreach initiatives and provide an increased number of Internet Education presentations. Senator Menendez, leading proponent of internet and wireless education programs to protect children and teens, made the following statement:
"While internet and wireless technology innovations have opened a world of opportunities, they have also created another medium for potential misuse, enabling children to hurt themselves and others. These funds will help ensure that our children are able to continue using the internet productively, while protecting the most vulnerable in our society from potential threats" said Senator Menendez. "Just like we teach our kids to look both ways before they cross the road and not to talk to strangers, we must also give them the tools to make responsible decisions online so they may take full advantage of everything the internet has to offer. I will continue working in Congress to help support the most effective internet education programs."
Earlier this year, Senator Menendez introduced the the School And Family Education about the Internet (SAFE Internet) Act, which would support educational initiatives to help combat cyberbullying, sexting and other internet threats. This legislation would:
•Establish an Internet safety education grant program. It would initially fund research to determine best practices in Internet safety education and create guidelines for the grants. Then, using those guidelines, grants would be awarded to the following eligible recipients: 1.a partnership between a State Educational Agency (SEA) and one or more Local Education Agencies (LEA); or
2.a LEA of a State; or
3.a non-profit organization; or
4.a partnership between a nonprofit organization and -
a.one or more SEAs; or
b.one or more LEAs; or
c.a consortium of schools.
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