ConnectSafely Announces Partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign

(Palo Alto, CA – August 13, 2013) ConnectSafely.org announced today that it has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s National Network, forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to parents, teens, educators, advocates, and policy makers nationwide.

The Campaign will help provide ConnectSafely with tools and resources to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. This partnership builds on the two organizations’ efforts to highlight resources available to communities and to educate Americans about online safety best practices at home, school and work.

“As we adopt innovative electronics and spend more time online, Americans face increased risks to privacy and the security of our transactions,” said Bruce McConnell, Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity (Acting) at the Department of Homeland Security. “With the help of ConnectSafely, the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign will reach more Americans about their personal role in addressing cybersecurity risks. Through our joint efforts, we can help people across the country better protect themselves, their families, and their communities online.”

“We are very happy to be part of the Stop. Think. Connect. Campaign. Even though most young people are smart about their use of connected media technology, it’s still important to remind them – and adults too – about how to use their technology in ways that are safe and secure,” said ConnectSafely.org co-director, Larry Magid.

“Working with the Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign network is a tremendous opportunity for Americans of all ages to understand the vital cybersecurity role each has to play in this networked world,” said Anne Collier, ConnectSafely.org’s other co-director.

ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization that provides social media and mobile media safety tips and resources for parents, teens, educators, advocates, and policy makers. ConnectSafely also coordinates all US activities and outreach in support of international Safer Internet Day.

Stop.Think.Connect. is an awareness effort designed to help Americans practice safer online habits. DHS, in partnership with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), leads the Campaign. The Campaign’s National Network is an alliance of non-profit organizations that promote cybersecurity awareness within their organizations and to their stakeholders.

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ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization offering research-based resources about online well-being and digital literacy for parents, teens, educators, advocates and policymakers. Find us at ConnectSafely.orgTwitter.com/ConnectSafely and Facebook.com/ConnectSafely.

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