not appropriate to be viewed during school. It is completely realistic that schools block video games from being downloaded and played on school computers. However, schools should not simply and routinely block sites that provide useful services at no charge to the public, cause no harm to students, and are created for the general good of the student-teacher body.
i-SAFE is proud to announce that Jessica, 15, is the Most Valuable Mentor for the Month of August 2004. Jessica, a blind student from Rhode Island, is dedicated to bringing Internet safety to other blind citizens across the country. Her article for the i-SAFE Times and e-mails to blind publications is only the beginning. “People draw a line between the blind and the sighted when you live in the real world. However, there is no line of separation between the blind and the sighted when you are online because we are all classified as blind,” said Jessica. Support Jessica and other students across the country and take action. By joining the DRiVE Campaign you can get the word out about online dangers. The DRiVE Campaign wants you to get involved by telling others about ‘Net safety. You don�t have to take a backseat to the Predators, Pirates, Spammers, and Cyberpunks. i-SAFE has given you the keys…it’s your turn to DRiVE. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are up for the challenge!
Welcome to Celebrity Corner. In this edition, we caught up with Rat Sult, X-Games Street Luge Gold Medalist, and asked him a few questions about living life on the edge.
KT: So, Rat, when did you start street luging?
Rat: About 1996. Before that I used to race downhill mountain bikes. One day I just tried it, and the rest was history. I even took third in my first amateur race.
KT: What’s it like to go downhill at 50 miles per hour with nothing between you and the road but a board and some wheels?
Rat: It’s sick! It’s surreal. It�s just you and the road. You have to know when to break and how hard to lean. It�s a rush!
KT: You take a big risk when you ride. What safety precautions do you take to prevent injury?
Rat: Man, I take all kinds of precautions. I wear a helmet with full leathers and gloves. Before we go out, we scout the mountain roads and everything. I always dress ready for a crash, ’cause you just never know.
KT: What is your motto in life?
Rat: “Go big or go home”…just charge wide open and go tilt. That is the way I live my life, from my truck to the way I charge the hills…just wide open.
KT: What do you wanna tell the students about online dangers?
Rat: You just can’t trust anybody on the computer…anybody can be on the other end. They could say that they are a kid but it could be some 45-year-old man. Never trust anybody on the computer that you don’t personally know. Man, go outside to talk to people…get out of the house…there are people all over. Have fun with life and be safe!