Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec Corporation
Marian Merritt provides consumer-friendly insights into technology issues impacting families as Symantec's Internet Safety Advocate. In this role, Marian is the official spokesperson for Symantec's "Norton Connected and Protected Family Safety Initiative," which is dedicated to raising awareness of Internet safety.
As part of this initiative, Symantec has partnered with Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson, whose personal platform is protecting children online. Throughout the year, Lauren Nelson and Marian Merritt will travel across the United States to educate children, parents and educators on how to be, and how to raise, better cyber-citizens. They will also present city, state and national officials who have made outstanding advances towards keeping kids and families safe online with the Internet Keep Safe Award, an honor bestowed by iKeepSafe, a national non-profit organization.
Marian recently authored Symantec's "Family Online Safety Guide," a practical guide for parents and educators that focuses on age-specific solutions for protecting children online. She also serves as editor in chief of Symantec's Family Resource Web Site, which offers tips, resources and information on a broad array of Internet security topics. On this site, consumers can submit technology-related questions to be answered by Marian, listen to podcasts, and read columns and see photos from Marian's "Connected and Protected" tour journeys.