cyberIQ: Promoting Safe Online Surfing

IT-oLogy and Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands have teamed up to bring cyberIQ to Columbia on Saturday, September 10th. cyberIQ is a grassroots campaign founded by IT-oLogy and GSSC-MM to encourage middle school girls to surf the cyber world safely and to educate parents on the importance of cyber safety.

Today’s technologies offer many opportunities for girls to connect, interact and learn. The cyberIQ workshop will be geared towards middle school girls and a parent or guardian. The keynote will be given by Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk, District 52 – Kershaw County. Topics will include social networking, cyber bullying, mobile devices and online dangers and how to report it. Cyber industry experts will be on hand to speak to both girls and parents, as well as to present tips and how-tos.

“Promoting online safety to students and adults is critically important because anyone can fall victim to cyber abuse,” says Representative Laurie Funderburk. “In particular, online bullying is a serious and growing problem. Effective prevention is the key to protecting yourself and will be the focus of the cyberIQ workshop.”

The free workshop will take place on Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at IT-oLogy, located at 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 200. For more information or to register, please visit Follow cyberIQ on Twitter and find cyberIQ on Facebook.

For 99 years, Girl Scouting has helped girls develop positive values and become active, responsible leaders in their communities. With emphasis on personal growth and leadership development through service to others, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands serves approximately 12,500 girls, grades K5-12, and 5,000 adults in 22 counties of central and western South Carolina, including Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurents, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Sumter and Union.

IT-oLogy is a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession. IT-oLogy is doing this through three major initiatives: Promote IT (K-12 schools), Teach IT (Higher Education) and Grow IT (Professionals and Businesses).

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