The United States Congress has designated i-SAFE America, Inc., a non-profit Internet safety education foundation, to bring Internet safety education and awareness to our nation's youth. i-SAFE's mission is to empower them to take control of their Internet experience by giving them vital knowledge that will enable them to act safely and responsibly.
Founded in 1998, and designed as a dynamic prevention-oriented Internet safety awareness program, i-SAFE America provides students with the critical-thinking and decision-making skills they need to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful online behavior and to respond appropriately.
In 2002, the i-SAFE Safe Schools Education Initiative and Outreach Campaign received bi-partisan recognition and support from both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Consequently, the United States Congress awarded i-SAFE $3.554 million to begin to fulfill its mission and goal.
In 2003, the United States Congress increased its financial support of i-SAFE America, awarding it a Grant of $5 million to continue its vital work and expand the Safe School Education Initiative and Outreach Campaign to all 50 states during the 2003-2004 school year. Congress also authorized and appropriated $1 million in additional funds for the purpose of implementing the i-SAFE Internet safety education and outreach program in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools. Most recently, in the FY2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Congress awarded i-SAFE a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant in the amount of $2 million.
The Safe School Education Initiative and Outreach Campaign was launched in 24 states during 2002-2003 and expanded to the remaining 26 states during 2003-2004.
All curriculum materials and the Professional Development Program are provided at no charge to schools, school districts, and law enforcement agencies.