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The CyberEthics Project: News Update - May
May 13, 2004
Video Script Highlights Juvenile Cybercrimes
Alexandria. Dr. Mary L. Radnofsky, president
and CEO of the non-profit educational corporation, The Socrates
Institute, is pleased to announce that the first juvenile cybercrime
case study script is ready for filming in the institute's educational
program, "The CyberEthics Project."
Other Press Releases:
"This is a major milestone for us. It launches our K-12 cyberethics
educational project, which will feature a web-based role-play game
based on six 15-minute video case studies of juvenile cybercrimes
Student internships and teacher training will also be provided,"
according to Dr. Radnofsky. She says: "Currently, many young people
don't realize that their online behavior can threaten security,
hurt consumers, financially ruin a business, or jeopardize personal
safety. So to help make them aware of such issues, we've created
a cyber ethics curriculum to increase students' awareness of the
safe, legal and ethical use of the Internet and other electronic
This unique educational project will complement the work of other
cyber security and safety programs by providing compelling case
histories of recent juvenile cybercrimes. This program will also
provide a full curriculum from which teachers in both formal (classroom)
and informal (community, home, club, library, scouts, etc.) settings
may choose the most appropriate materials for their population.
The videos will be a major part of the curriculum.
There will be six cybercrime case studies covering the following
topics: 1) Identity Theft & Unauthorized Purchases, 2) Hacking,
Spreading Viruses & Worms, 3) Downloading Copyrighted Music & Videos,
4) Software Piracy & Illegal Distribution, 5) Plagiarism, and 6)
Support for the project continues to be strong. We have received
donations from the private sector, most of whom are in Alexandria,
Fairfax County, and the District, but we are also seeking wider
support as well as appropriations at the state and federal levels
to field test the program throughout Virginia and nationally." Dr.
Radnofsky adds, "I am confident that the CyberEthics Project will
fill a gap in current K-12 technology curricula by educating students
and teachers in the definitions and consequences of different cybercrimes.
And we'll be doing so with engaging materials and only a minimum
of class time."
Socrates has also joined with the National Cyber Security Alliance
(NCSA), a partnership between the federal government and leading
private sector companies to educate Americans on the need for computer
security in homes and small businesses. The CyberEthics Project
will become part of the NCSA K-12 Toolkit, since it will provide
essential educational materials for teaching state, national, and
international standards in computer technology and security, civics,
and character education across the entire country.
For more information, contact Nancy at The Socrates
PHONE: (703) 823-2135 E-MAIL:
FAX: (703) 823-2178
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 23751, Alexandria, VA 22304.
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