Camps and enrichment programs across the country are shifting to virtual learning environments while shelter in place orders are in effect.
Calls to child abuse hotlines are plummeting because trusted adults – typically teachers, mentors, counselor and coaches – are unable to see children face-to-face.
Interactions are now virtual, and not all professionals on the frontlines of protecting children from abuse know how to recognize child abuse through a webcam.
In response to the crisis, the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children developed a series of online workshops to help camp directors, administrators, and staff protect children in these uncertain times.
We believe protecting children from abuse starts with clear policies and created a workshop on protecting children in virtual learning environments. This workshop for camp directors and administrators explains how a new camp policy can help staff, mentors, and support staff establish healthy boundaries in an online environment with the children they serve.
We also recognize many professionals on the front lines of protecting children are adjusting to only seeing children through a webcam. So, we developed a workshop to help staff, mentors and counselors to recognize all forms of abuse and neglect – both through a webcam and in face-to-face interactions.
It’s vital that children engaging in virtual learning environments understand the rules of the road. Our Internet Safety & Cyberbullying workshop, when paired with a workshop on Sexting, help young adults navigate the ever changing virtual world they’re living in.
More information about each workshop is below.
Workshops for Enrichment and Summer Session Programs
Packages start at $750 per organization.
Workshops for Students:
Internet Safety & Cyberbullying
This 45 minute interactive student workshop is geared toward children grades 4-12. The workshop covers age appropriate scenarios and possible strategies on navigating the digital world. During this workshop students will also learn how to recognize cyberbullying and what to do about it. The presentation includes video segments and scenario-based discussions children and teens are bound to encounter online- often when they are alone.
Especially with more times on devices, adolescents and teenagers may find themselves more willing to participate in sexting with their significant other or online connection. Sexting is a 45 minute interactive presentation with video segments and scenario-based discussions. This training covers progressively mature, age appropriate scenarios to help students recognize the signs and learn strategies to address this complicated topic adolescents and teens are faced with on a daily basis. This workshop is for only grades 7-12.
Workshops for Adults:
Protecting Children in a Virtual Learning Environment
During this 60-minute workshop for administrators and directors of schools, camps, and youth-serving organizations, we discuss how policy can help professionals establish healthy boundaries in an online environment with the students they serve. Attendees will learn how to communicate with students in an online environment that maintains observable and interruptible interactions, and how to recognize abuse and neglect through a webcam.
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
During this 75-minute workshop for adults on the front lines of child protection (your faculty and staff), participants will learn about the different forms of abuse and neglect, how to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect in virtual learning environments, how and when to make a report and policies to consider while working in a virtual learning environment. We’ll also cover how faculty and staff can address cyberbullying and promote good digital citizenship among your students.