IBMers Volunteer to Teach Students How to Protect their Personal Data in an Online Environment
Karachi, Pakistan, 07 Feb 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that in conjunction with Safer Internet Day (link resides outside of ibm.com), (# (link resides outside of ibm.com)SID2012) it will release free Internet safety training tools for students and have thousands of volunteers working to help raise awareness and educate students and businesses on Internet safety and digital responsibility.
IBM is unveiling three free volunteer kits to better educate students, parents and teachers on Internet safety:
"IBMers are committed to helping educate people on ways to safely and securely use the Internet," said Harriet Pearson, IBM Security Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer. "The resources we are donating will help teachers and parents raise awareness that most Internet-based threats to individual and computer security can significantly be reduced by actions that informed users take themselves."
In conjunction with today's announcement, IBM volunteers around the world are educating communities about Internet safety. Some select activities include:
Last year IBM employees donated more than three million hours of volunteer service. The company has donated 34 volunteer kits to help both IBMers as well as community members have meaningful activities and dialogues in the community about various issues.
Since its inception in 2004, Safer Internet Day interest has grown to reach all five continents and almost 80 countries, from Canada to South Korea and Russia to Kenya, including all 27 countries of the European Union. The goal of the day is to help make the Internet a better place for our children and young people.
For more information on IBM volunteer and citizenship efforts, please visit www.citizenibm.com (link resides outside of ibm.com)
Insafe is the European Safer Internet awareness-raising network co-funded by the European Commission. It comprises national contact centres across the European Union and in Iceland, Norway and Russia, with partner organisations around the world. Insafe aims at empowering users to benefit from the positive aspects of internet whilst avoiding the potential risks. Further information is available at www.saferinternet.org (link resides outside of ibm.com) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all users, especially young people. It is organised by INSAFE in the framework of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme.