LAWFUEL – Legal News, Legal Jobs – Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Division and Dr. Wells Singleton, Provost, Nova Southeastern University (NSU), are pleased to announce the kickoff of the FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Campaign. The first winner of the FBI-SOS Internet Challenge is West Miami Middle School, 7525 Southwest 24th Street, Miami, Florida. At a ceremony today, the FBI presented a trophy to Principal Jacques Y. Bentolilla and a certificate to each student that participated. The following five students were given special recognition for achieving the highest scores: Javier Trujillo, grade 7; Gabriel Jimenez, grade 7; Tatny Castanet, grade 8; Ariel Ajo, grade 8; and Joshua Gomez, grade 6.
A total of 850 students at seven schools in Dade and Broward counties took part in the inaugural campaign that educates students about Internet safety in a fun and entertaining way. The schools that took on the challenge were G.W. Carver Middle School, Miami; Jose de Diego Middle School, Miami; Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens; St. Francis Xavier Middle School, Miami; Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Miami; Westglades Middle School, Parkland; and the winner, West Miami Middle School, Miami. During the month of November, the students surfed the Internet at pre-screened sites, on a scavenger hunt for Internet safety clues to assist them in the challenge quiz. Along the way, the children learned important lessons on how they can protect themselves while engaging in web-based activities. At the end of the month, the students took a quiz with their newly acquired Internet safety knowledge. The 135 students at West Miami Middle School had the highest score, however all the students who participated in the challenge have gained valuable information that will help them remain safe.
The FBI-SOS initiative was developed by the FBI Miami Division’s Crimes against Children Unit and the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) at NSU. It has been approved by both the Dade and Broward County School Boards. Schools can find more information about the program and register at www.fbi-sos.org.
SA Judy Orihuela