The Associated Press
12:36 PM EST, January 19, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
Virginia's schools will soon offer a new digital education program that will encourage students to use technology and social media safely and responsibly.
Gov. Bob McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner appeared at a news conference Thursday to introduce the program, "My Digital Life."
"My Digital Life" is a joint effort by northern Virginia technology company Neustar and digital education platform provider EverFi. Company officials say the 3.5-hour course is designed for students in eighth and ninth grades and includes topics such as cyber bullying, good texting practices and online research.
Company officials say they'll provide the program at no cost to the state or local school divisions. The companies introduced the program last week in Kentucky, and eight districts there so far have adopted it.