Attorney General’s Office to Host Summer Cyber Safety Series
May 5, 2017
Offering 5 regional classes for educators
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will host a Summer Cyber Series of regional trainings on internet safety for teachers and parents across the State, in order to reach more children and students. By training teachers on how to implement lessons about staying safe online in their classrooms and updating parents on the newest apps and technologies their children may be using, the Attorney General’s office is providing more resources to protect students from online dangers.
In 2016, Rutledge teamed up with Common Sense Media and AT&T to adopt the Digital You training program, which offers tools, tips, apps and guidance about staying safe online for people of all levels of online experience. The Attorney General’s office is now offering regional train-the-trainer opportunities using the comprehensive, interactive educational program. Rutledge believes this will help the program reach more students across the State and empower teachers with the additional, in-depth knowledge of internet safety.
“By providing teachers and parents with more tools to teach our young people about the importance of being safe and smart online, this program can reach every student in Arkansas,” said Rutledge. “The Digital You program provides lessons for students of all ages, and my office can provide additional resources, like coloring and activity books, to reinforce the lessons.”
The Summer Cyber Series with Digital You trainings will take place at educational cooperatives in Northwest Arkansas on June 5, Northeast Arkansas on June 8, Central Arkansas on June 20, Southwest Arkansas on July 13 and Southeast Arkansas on July 22. Those interested in participating can find more details and register ArkansasAG.gov.
In 2016, more than 22,700 Arkansans learned about internet safety through the Attorney General’s Rutledge Resources Days, held in all 75 counties. During Rutledge Resources Days, the office conducts mobile offices; drops off materials at local schools, police stations and libraries; and gives presentations on internet safety, identity theft, dating violence prevention and common scams. Last year the office also provided training to more than 5,000 Arkansans by conducting webcasts and by hosting large events, such as Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action to support families of missing persons, the Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit and the Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Summit.