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Title: I-Safe Evaluation, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Susan Chibnall Ph.D. ; Madeleine Wallace Ph.D. ; Christine Leicht ; Lisa Lunghofer Ph.D.
Corporate Author: ICF International (formerly Caliber Associates)
United States of America
Date Published: 01/2006
Page Count: 221
  Annotation: This federally supported report presents findings from a quasi-experimental longitudinal study conducted by Caliber Associates on the effectiveness of the i-SAFE curriculum; a curriculum teaching children about Internet safety.
Abstract: This evaluation of the i-SAFE Internet safety curriculum is one of the first research efforts to examine the effectiveness of Internet safety education on the knowledge and behavior of school-aged children. The outcome evaluation found that the curriculum was effective in increasing children’s knowledge about Internet safety. There were positive and significant changes in knowledge between the treatment and comparison groups, both on average and over time. For the most part, there were no significant changes in behavior between the treatment and comparison groups. However, given the low levels of risky behavior documented at baseline, it would be difficult to detect behavioral change in this context. I-SAFE America is a non-profit foundation helping children understand issues surrounding Internet safety. Founded in 1988, i-SAFE consists of three components: education, outreach, and the Youth Empowerment Campaign. In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Caliber Associates a grant to conduct a quasi-experimental study of the effectiveness of the i-SAFE curriculum. NIJ was specifically interested in obtaining answers to the following questions: (1) do students retain knowledge received during i-SAFE lessons, (2) do students use the knowledge, and (3) at what reduced levels or intensities of implementation are program benefits no longer measurable? This study is an important step towards developing a knowledge base about what works in Internet safety education. The study was implemented in 18 schools (12 treatment and 6 comparison schools) in 6 sites with more than 2,000 children. The evaluation had 2 key components: a process evaluation, focusing on implementation characteristics, and an outcome evaluation.
Main Term(s): Children at risk
Index Term(s): Curriculum ; Public information ; Computer abuse ; Computer related crime ; Educational courses ; Juvenile educational services ; Adolescents at risk ; NIJ final report ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2003-JN-FX-1004
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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