Yes Virginia, There is a Poke-Safe Internet

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  1. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    ROANOKE, Va., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet is a student's playground, yet it is a powerful, complex network that can pose a serious threat to students' safety and well-being. The Virginia Department of Education has teamed up with Pokemon USA, Inc., to provide administrators, teachers and parents with engaging, high-quality instructional resources to help them teach students how to stay safe online. The "Internet Safety Program" was launched last night at the start of the Virginia Department of Education's Educational Technology Leadership Conference in Roanoke, Va.

    Comprised of interactive lessons, teacher's guides, and other materials, the "Internet Safety Program" is suitable for lower and upper elementary grade students and will be available through a special online portal on Pokemon Learning League(TM), the award-winning online suite of standards-based animated, interactive lessons in language arts, math, science, and life skills.

    Students use the Internet daily -- often for hours at a time -- for information, entertainment and a way to communicate with people around the globe. Internet safety, particularly in the interest of protecting children, is paramount in today's technology driven, globalized world. It was a key topic at the U.N. Internet Governance Forum held in late November in Brazil, where high-ranking government officials, information technology experts and civic societies gathered to discuss Internet-related public policy issues.
    Last year, Virginia became the first state to mandate public schools to teach Internet safety. To help schools and districts take a step toward meeting this goal, officials with the Department of Education collaborated with the Pokemon Learning League team to combine sound educational practices with the enduring popularity of Pokemon characters to teach students essential skills for studying and playing online safely.

    "We are very pleased to be able to make this outstanding resource available to schools as they implement their Internet safety programs," said Tammy McGraw, director of the Office of Educational Technology at the Virginia Department of Education. "It effectively supports the guidelines for Internet safety issued by our agency last year and enables us to leverage the tremendous appeal of the Pokemon characters to help students become safe and responsible Internet users."
    "Educators are looking for ways to provide students with Internet access while protecting them from inappropriate material and online predators," said Yves Saada, vice president of interactive media for Pokemon USA. "Virginia has taken the lead in this charge, and we are happy to have the opportunity to work with the state to offer a program that teaches critical life lessons about Internet safety in a non-threatening way that is accessible to students."

    The "Internet Safety Program" consists of three interactive lessons, upper and lower elementary lesson plans and unit quiz, tips for parents and guardians, a printable Internet safety certificate for students, and a printable poster to remind students how to stay safe online. Upper elementary and lower elementary teacher's Guides are provided so that educators may best integrate the Pokemon Learning League lessons into their classroom planning.
    More than 4,000 students will start piloting the program in January 2008. These students can access the "Internet Safety Program" at

    Guided by an advisory board of experienced educators and education experts, Pokemon Learning League lessons guide students through a three-step approach to learning: an animated, narrative tutorial (Watch), guided practice (Try) and an interactive challenge (Apply). School and district-wide subscriptions to Pokemon Learning League include formative assessment and assignment tools to measure and document student achievement and individualize instruction. The assignment feature allows educators to assign topics based on students' abilities, set due dates and monitor progress on an individual basis and for an entire class.
    For more information on the "Internet Safety Program" from the Virginia Department of Education and Pokemon Learning League, visit

    About Pokemon USA
    Pokemon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokemon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the Pokemon Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, the Pokemon Trading Figure Game, home entertainment, the official Pokemon website, and online retail center Pokemon was launched in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo's Game Boy(R) and has since evolved into a global cultural phenomenon. Pokemon was introduced in North America in September 1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit

    Pokemon USA
  2. ninetales1234

    ninetales1234 <a href="

    Internet safey? wow. Yes, instead of teaching young people how to become talented and make an income for themselves one day, let's teach them internet safety.:nonono: because we all know the internet is just the most dangerous place you could be!

    If Pokemon wants to look good by being charitable, why not help the homeless, poor war vets, orphans, or something. Keep in mind, there are children out there, who don't even have a chance to use computers and get on the internet at all!

    Yes, Pokemon does have the potential to be a learning tool, but, if you're going to do that, why not teach them how to read music, understand law, division/multiplication, world history, how to count money, or something a bit more useful?
  3. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Did you stop to check out the general site before blasting PUI?

    Here, take a look:

    PUI has made a number of tools available to educators.
    It has no control over which of them they decide to run with.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2007
  4. bullados

    bullados <a href="

    PUI has repeatedly stated that they market Pokemon towards elementary age kids. What would they stand to gain from sponsoring stuff outside of their target audience? Let the pacemaker company sponsor the elderly, the big-box marts sponsor the homeless, and the war plane and maritime companies sponsor the ex military. Pokemon should stick with sponsoring the children, as there are good tie ins with the children liking Pokemon and the parents wanting good things for their children.

    Liesik's quote in Pop's sig explains the situation perfectly.

    This is great news to hear! I love seeing pretty much ANY media coverage of Pokemon going on! With the exception of Tom Cruise, no publicity is bad publicity.
  5. ninetales1234

    ninetales1234 <a href="

    Not blasting PUI, blasting the lame public school system for (yet again) teaching relatively usless things.
    I'm just saying, if they are helping the DOE help teach internet safety, they're wasting resources. If they want to help people, there are better things they could do.

    If this charity of theirs is really just a marketing strategy to get more children to play Pokemon, then wanting to make educational resources is understandable. Saw the website. Good to see they're teaching real stuff like science and math as well.
    That's true.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2007
  6. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Sorry, I got misled to thinking that when you named Pokemon twice specifically when saying what they could and should do. My mistake. :rolleyes:
    Charity? Ah, this might be the problem!
    Where does it say this is a charity? It's a program.
    I'm sure PUI charges the DOE for using it. Just like any other company selling a program.
  7. Dark Weedle

    Dark Weedle New Member

    you mentioned world history under useful things =/
  8. Regis_Neo

    Regis_Neo Moderator

    I agree, there are far more better things to be teaching young people other than internet safety. If anything, I bet more than half of them will go off and visit the sites they're told not to visit in the first place.
  9. spazcrackers

    spazcrackers New Member

    one deed of good,no matter how large or small is better then any number of good intentions.

  10. eriknance

    eriknance New Member

    Internet safety is something that has been gaining a bit of attention lately, especially with the level of interactivity the internet provides. It's not just about certain websites that kids shouldn't see, it's about chat rooms, online predators, etc. that truly pose a threat to children of today. Safety is one of the most important things an individual can be taught.

    Either way, I think this is great news. Thanks PokePop for sharing! :thumb:
  11. Azure Kite

    Azure Kite New Member

    Wow awsome! Thats great! I never thought anything not having to do with history/historical events happened in my favorite state! Now you gotta remember, anyone who is "blasting" PUI for not doing what they should and saying they could be doing way better things has obviously no idea how big of a threat the internet is.

    Someone said something about kids who don't evenhave access to the internet? Well if it meens they are safe from the great potential threat that is the internet, THEY could be the lucky ones! There are other charities and things helping poor and underprivealidged(I think I spelled it right) kids.

    Instead being so negative, try to actually see this as a good thing! This isn't just helping kids with internet safety, its telling more people how great pokemon is!:thumb:
  12. pat460

    pat460 New Member

    This is really dumb, but what should you expect from a dumb company?

    But, thats not the point of this reply. MY point is that the U.S. is one of the "dumbest" countries in the world, based off of test scores and grades, and we are gradually getting worse. Why not teach kids math or science? Or English? Something they will use. Internet saftey, in my opinion, isn't nearly as important as the basises of what these kids will do after they graduate school.
  13. Articjedi

    Articjedi Active Member

    So why don't you prove pokemon wrong and do it yourself? Too busy making money?
  14. taurik

    taurik New Member

    Umm, they do have math education as part of that program. Yes, kids do need the basics of math, science, etc. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be taught how to use computers (and the internet) safely.
  15. ShadowCard

    ShadowCard Active Member

    ninetales, I used to respect you (far more than after I read your posts in this thread) :nonono: . As many things as we agree on, why would you think internet safety isn't important to teach young children?

    As ericnance said, its about teaching who to trust and to not trust, giving out information, and general awareness of who can be reading what you post in public. Must we go back into the conversation about how employers look at your facebook profile and not hire you because they didn't like what they saw?
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  16. Alazor

    Alazor Active Member

    "Yes, instead of teaching young people how to become talented and make an income for themselves one day, let's teach them internet safety."


    The least they could do is teach differential equations. You know... so they could forget. :biggrin:

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