Friday, January 11, 2008

Cyber Safety Movie Premiere

A premiere of Jake’s Cyber Adventure was shown in the Boston School Committee’s Chambers at Court Street just before the holiday break. The red carpet was rolled out for the BPS cyber safety mentors who wrote, filmed and starred in the movie. The movie premiere was attended by some members of the school committee, representatives from the District Attorney’s office, Attorney General’s office, Mayor’s office, Symantec Corporation, Microsoft, and the Boston Public Library. So far the movie has received favorable reviews from those who have seen it. The movie brings the BPS cyber safetyheroes to life as they help a young boy named Jake stay safe online. Throughout the movie, the cyber superheroes help Jake to avoid the dangers of Dr. V and all of his malicious deeds. Jake learns all kinds of lessons about cyber safety, including strategies on dealing with cyber bullies, cyber security, and personal safety online. Copies of Jake's Cyber Adventure will be available to schools in time for Boston Public School’s internet safety month in April.

The students who performed in the movie worked hard over the summer as a part of a group that was hired through a donation from the Microsoft Corp. The group of BPS students was trained to become Cyber Safety Mentors and spent the summer creating materials to be used by schools to educate students about internet safety. Former Boston Public School graduates Helen Chan and Chhorvy Ly were hired to supervise the group of 14 students. Haruna Tada and Eric Esteves of Tech Boston were also instrumental in the making of this movie. Haruna created all of the costumes for the movie while Eric worked with the students to create and film the movie.

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