A 2018 survey from the Pew Research Center reports that 95% of teens claim to have a smartphone or access to one, and 45% of teens say they are online on a near-constant basis. In 2017, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline received more than 10 million reports—most of which related to apparent child sexual abuse images, online enticement, including “sextortion,” child sex trafficking, and child sexual molestation. Only 15% of parents admit to being “in the know” about their kids’ social networking habits, and how these behaviors can escalate to cyberbullying.
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children® proudly offers Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention workshops to elementary, middle, and high schools. Since April of 2016, the Foundation has brought this programming to over 25,800 adults and children in schools, youth-serving organizations, churches and the community at large.
Internet Safety workshops are 45-60 minutes (including time for Q & A) and are geared toward children grades 3-12, as well as parents/caregivers and educators. The training covers progressively mature, age-appropriate subject matters such as good digital citizenship, privacy, cyberbullying, as well as sexting, online predators, and sexual solicitation.
This is an interactive presentation with video segments and scenario-based discussions around typical situations that children and teens are bound to encounter online—often when they are alone.
The facilitator-led discussions also address how children and teens can mitigate risk and be less vulnerable to predators online.
The workshop is optimally delivered to those similarly situated in age and maturity (grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, parent/guardians and faculty) and is typically conducted in a classroom or assembly-style. Modules that specifically address issues unique to those with children and young adults with intellectual and cognitive differences are also available.
Our presentation raises awareness and begins a conversation that will continue in the classroom and at home. This collaborative approach with trusted adults will empower children to react appropriately, respond, and report when confronted with cyberbullying, inappropriate content, grooming, and sexually inappropriate communications.
- INCREASED AWARENESS OF:
- Online risks and dangers.
- The permanency of online conduct.
- Healthy vs. unhealthy online relationships and behaviors.
- The prevalence, repercussions, and circumstances of bullying and child sexual abuse through the use of the Internet.
- IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE of the potential legal, educational, and emotional consequences of risky digital behavior.
- SKILLS TO HELP:
- Youth prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to bullying online and in school.
- Adults and youth recognize and report online abuse and find help.
- Adults engage children in their care in conversation about Internet safety.