October 13, 2016 – The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeepSafe), the leading international non-profit for internet safety and digital citizenship, today announced changes to its executive leadership to help the organization continue preparing youth, families and teachers to be safe and smart in an increasingly digital world.
“The role of technology continues to grow in our lives, and internet safety and digital health are more important than ever to our children, families, educators, and coalition partners,” said iKeepSafe Founder and Chair Jacalyn S. Leavitt. “Today, Marsali Hancock passes the torch to Charlie Johnson and Alan Simpson, who will prepare the iKeepSafe team for the many opportunities ahead.”
iKeepSafe is a broad coalition of families, educators, policymakers, law enforcement and industry leaders working to promote internet safety, health and learning for children and teens. The organization develops evidence-based resources to teach internet safety and digital citizenship in fun, age-appropriate ways, and partners to share those materials with families around the world.
Alan Simpson, who has worked with iKeepSafe for several years, is iKeepSafe’s new Executive Director. Simpson has been an advocate for children and education for more than twenty years, including at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington, D.C. For the last decade, he has focused on technology in the lives and learning of children, and working with families, educators, companies and policymakers to ensure that youth can access the possibilities – and avoid the pitfalls – of the digital world.
Charlie Johnson will serve as iKeepSafe’s Financial and Operations Advisor. A CPA by training, Johnson was a national partner of KPMG. He served as Chief of Staff in the Utah Governor’s Office and as the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.
“Since 2005, when iKeepSafe was launched at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. with the support of Governors and First Spouses, Marsali Hancock has committed endless energy and expertise as the head of our organization,” said Jacalyn Leavitt. “We are excited about her new opportunities, and pleased that we will continue to have her support as an advisor, and the chair of the K12 Cybersecurity Education conference we have organized with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.”
This transition will help the iKeepSafe board and staff continue leading the way in preparing families, teachers and others to make safe, smart and healthy decisions with technology. iKeepSafe’s work will continue be driven by core values, including:
- A focus on research and tracking global trends, so that resources and advocacy are guided by facts and information, not fear and public relations.
- A public health approach, designed to build proactive tools that help parents, teachers and others make and model good decisions for their families and communities.
- A careful, sensible voice, and a willingness to work with policy and business leaders who are building best practices and solutions for families.
iKeepSafe’s projects and collaborations include student data privacy assessments, digital safety, literacy and citizenship, K12 cybersecurity education, and copyright and creativity — all built to help families, educators and others prepare children and teens to grow, learn and thrive in a digital world.