Generation Safe is a program designed to keep grades K through 12 cyber safe, and Utah is the first in the country to launch it.

Experts estimate children spend more than 50 hours per week online (at school and at home). That's more than a full-time job, and there's a lot of danger on the Web, where childrens' personal safety can be on the line.

The State Office of Education is directly involved with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), the creators of Generation Safe.

Generation Safe provides specialized instruction to educate students on the proper use of internet technology. Students will be taught to keep their information private, what they should and should not share and how to stay clear of predators. The program also provides specially-designed tools to help a student navigate the internet safely.

Some of those tools: iKeepCurrent NewsFeed, a database of the most up-to-date research on internet safety; 360 Self-Assessment, a diagnostic tool that checks out the school's e-safety competence; the Incident Response Tool, an administrator guide that is solely incharge of incident management; and a more robust filter to keep children safe from inappropriate content. The tools are finished, training has been provided for adminstrators and the program is ready to be implemented.

Generation Safe will launch tomorrow, Dec. 8, at Oquirrh Hills Middle School and will hold its first discussion with students about cyber safety.

The demonstration runs from 10:10 to 11 a.m., and all are welcome. Oquirrh Hills Middle School, 12949 South 2700 W, Riverton Click here for more info.