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Promoting Online Safety: The Home-School Partnership

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BellSouth Foundation Awards $50,000 to the Consortium for School Networking

For more information, contact:

Keith Krueger
Executive Director
Consortium for School Networking
202-466-6296 ext. 18

Peg Bernhardt
Media Relations
BellSouth Corporation

July 18, 2002, Atlanta - The BellSouth Foundation announced today that the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will receive a $50,000 grant to help develop and disseminate a toolkit for schools entitled, "Talking to Your Parents and Community About Internet Safety."

The toolkit is the next phase of CoSN's "Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse" ( project, an initiative that was launched in October 2000 to help schools understand their options for managing students' access to Internet content. In addition to BellSouth's support, Microsoft Corp. and AOL Time Warner previously had agreed to provide underwriting for the new phase of the project.

"We are thrilled to have been selected as a grant recipient by BellSouth and are grateful to them for their continued support of technology in education and for their collaboration in this important initiative," said Keith Krueger, executive director, Consortium for School Networking.

"We are impressed with the creativity of this project and feel that an investment in this initiative is a strategic investment in sustainable education reform," said Leslie Graitcer, executive director, BellSouth Foundation. "CoSN has been a strong and consistent partner with BellSouth and we are pleased to lend our support to this innovative program that will help schools communicate what they are doing to promote safe learning environments."

CoSN has already made a number of online safety materials available to schools through the website of the Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse project ( The toolkit is designed to provide school leaders with additional materials that can help them communicate to parents and their communities about online safety and information literacy, both at home and in the classroom. The toolkit will include a short handbook, and an A-V presentation and communications to parents and the community that schools can customize for their own use.

Schools will also be able to make arrangements to receive a short video that they can use as a "discussion starter" for PTA meetings or other community forums. The video is an adaptation of a nationwide satellite broadcast that CoSN sponsored in October 2001 with the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium (SERC) and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

"Although school leaders have always played a role in helping parents understand how to promote online safety, passage of the Children's Internet Protection Act has only heightened the need for schools to communicate with parents and community leaders about these issues," said Bob Moore, CoSN Board Member and Director, Information and Technology for Blue Valley USD #229 in Overland Park, KA.

BellSouth's support will help CoSN make materials available in hard-copy as well as downloadable form, and support additional dissemination efforts, primarily in the BellSouth region.

CoSN's Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse is a Leadership Initiative of CoSN and was launched with support from N2H2, Surf Control, Verizon, AOL Time Warner Foundation, Microsoft and Education Networks of America.

About the Consortium for School Networking

CoSN ( has become the preeminent national voice on the use of the Internet and information technologies to improve K-12 learning. It played a leading role in creation of the E-rate and other key national education technology initiatives over the past decade. It is a "CIO-type" organization for education technology leaders from the school district, state and national level.

In 1999, CoSN recognized that school leaders did not understand the long term cost implications of technology and lacked the tools for effective budgeting. In response, CoSN developed a highly acclaimed and vendor-neutral leadership initiative called Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (

In addition, a major new initiative of CoSN over the past year has been the development of the Council of School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO). This is a joint effort with the Technology Leadership Network of the National School Boards Association.

About the BellSouth Foundation

The BellSouth Foundation is an endowed trust of BellSouth Corporation that is devoted exclusively to education reform in the South. Since its creation in 1986, the Foundation has funded over 587 grants and operated numerous special initiatives, with a total investment of more than $49 million. For more information about the BellSouth Foundation, please visit

About BellSouth Corporation

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications services company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, serving nearly 45 million customers in the United States and 14 other countries. Consistently recognized for customer satisfaction, BellSouth provides a full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers, including Web hosting and other Internet services. In the residential market, BellSouth offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and other services. BellSouth also provides online and directory advertising services, including BellSouth® BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation's second largest wireless company, which provides innovative wireless data and voice services. For more information about BellSouth, please visit

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